July fluid milk sales lower

Five-month-old fluid milk sales estimates were released by USDA late last week, looking back at July.

July 2014 packaged fluid milk sales totaled 3.93 billion lbs., down 3.4% from July 2013. Monthly sales of conventional products, at 3.73 billion lbs., were down 4.0%; organic products, at 205 million lbs., were up 8.3% Organic represented about 5.2% of total sales for the month.

Year-to-date 2014 total packaged fluid milk sales, at 28.94 billion lbs., were down 2.6% from the same period a year earlier. January-July 2014 sales of conventional products, at 27.50 billion lbs., were down 3.2%; organic products, at 1.44 billion lbs., were up 11.6%. Organic represented about 5.0% of total sales.

The estimates represent fluid milk product sales in federal and California milk marketing orders, which account for approximately 92% of total U.S. fluid milk sales.

Source: Dairy Market News

 

Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Week ending Nov. 15: 56,500 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 2.481 million head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -284,200 head

Highlights: For the week, 25% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 28% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report

 

Springfield Livestock Marketing Center

Dairy replacement sales results from special sale held at Springfield, Mo., on Nov. 26. Demand was good and the supply moderate. 625 head sold. Prices reported on a per head basis; Holsteins unless otherwise noted.

Springer heifers (bred 7-9 mos)

Supreme: 2025-2275; few crossbreds 1800-1995

Approved: 1700-1975; few crossbreds 1675-1750

Medium: few 1375-1425

 

Heifers (bred 3-6 mos)

Supreme: 1950-2200; ind Red and White 2950; few crossbreds 1800-1890

Approved: 1800-1925; few crossbreds 1475-1775

Medium: 1500-1790; few crossbreds 1300-1425

Common: 925-1325; crossbreds 1000-1100

 

Heifers (bred 1-3 mos)

Supreme: 1825-2000

Approved: 1500-1700; few crossbreds 1335-1375

Medium: 1150-1275; few crossbreds 1000-1075

 

Open Heifers

Approved

178-250 lbs.: 420-550; pkg 7 Jerseys 266 lbs.: 620;  few crossbreds 610-620

 333-380 lbs.: 670-770; pkg 5 Jerseys 318 lbs.: 710

426-495 lbs.: 930-980; Jerseys 910-1070

510-558 lbs.: 960-1130; ind 570 lb Jersey 930

600-700 lbs.: lot of 7 at 644 lbs.: 1250; crossbreds 900- 1275

714-805 lbs.: 1300-1435

 

Medium

425-460 lbs.: few 610-640

575-598 lbs.: few 670-790

700-800 lbs.: ind 795 lb crossbred 1020

 

Common

730-785 lbs.: 875-910

 

Fresh cows

Supreme: few 1925-2525; ind Jersey 2150

Approved: few 1675-1925; few Jerseys 1200-1575

Medium: 1475-1600

 

Springer Cows

Supreme: ind Brown Swiss 2250

Medium: ind 1575

 

Bred Cows:

Approved: few 1600-1775

Medium: few Jerseys 1175-1275

 

Baby Calves

Holstein heifers- few 400-420

Crossbred heifers-few 330-350