Weekly ethanol production, corn use
Ethanol production data for the week ending Feb. 21:
Ethanol production: 38.01 million gallons/day
Corn used: 13.72 million bushels/day
DIstillers grains production: 90,043 metric tons/day
Source: Renewable Fuels Association
Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection
Week ending Feb. 15: 57,800 head
Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 411,600 head
YTD compared to same period 2013: -41,300 head
Highlights: Midwest culling as a percentage of the U.S. total picked up. For the week, 31% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 26% came from USD Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).
Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report
2013 commercial disappearance outpaced milk marketings by 4.8 billion lbs.
Commercial disappearance of milk in all dairy products surpassed U.S. dairy farmer milk marketings by 4.84 billion lbs. in 2013 – the highest level in nine years – according to USDA’s latest Dairy Data report. While the margin helps explain current high milk prices, large dairy product inventories and imports limited the full impact.
Commercial disappearance of milk in all dairy products for the year was estimated at 205.10 billion lbs., up 3.1% from the year before, while 2013 farmer milk marketings totaled 200.25 billion lbs., up just 0.4% from 2012. Cumulative milk supply totals for 2013 (beginning stocks, imports and marketings) totaled 216.27 billion lbs., up 1.0% from 2012.
At the end of December 2013, ending commercial stocks totaled 11.17 billion lbs., down about 1.02 billion lbs. compared to December 2012, and down 5.76 billion lbs. from the peak in May 2013.
December: Commercial disappearance of milk used in all dairy products during December 2013 totaled 17.08 billion lbs., 3.4% more than December 2012, and about 375 million lbs. more than total U.S. farmer milk marketings for the month. While commercial disappearance surpassed milk marketings for a seventh consecutive month, the margin is shrinking.
Farmer milk marketings for December 2013 totaled 16.71 billion lbs. Adding to available supplies, beginning commercial stocks totaled 11.27 billion lbs., and imports for the month totaled 279 million lbs.
China’s powder buying spree
The relentless dairy powder buying spree China has not only carried over into 2014, it blew away very lofty volumes from 12 months ago, according to Eric Meyer, president of HighGround Trading Group’s Dairy Division.
China imported an extraordinary amount of milk powder last month. At 124,900 metric tons, whole milk powder imports grew by 48,088 metric tons (106 million lbs.) versus January 2013 and are 88,416 metric tons (195 million lbs.) higher than January 2012.