California February 4a/4b prices new record highs

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California’s February 2014 Class 4a/4b milk prices were announced Monday, Mar. 3.

The Class 4a butter-powder price rose for the eleventh consecutive month, to $23.08/cwt. The February price is up 95¢ from January, $5.07 more than February 2013, and a new record high.

The Class 4b price is up for a seventh consecutive month, to $21.24/cwt. The February price is up 83¢ from January and $5.83 more than February 2013. It surpasses the previous Class 4b record high of $21.18/cwt., set in June 2007.

Federal order January 2014 Class II, III & IV prices will be announced Wednesday, Mar. 5.


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Modesto CA  |  March, 04, 2014 at 10:14 AM

The milk prices are great, but notice our 4b Cheese milk price is still quite a discount to the Federal Class III. California only pays for roughly one pound of dry whey, where as the Federal Orders pay for the actual, roughly, 5.5 pounds of dry whey that cheese milk produces. That discount has wiped out about 25% of the dairies here in the last three years. California needs a change.

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