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Class III Milk Markets Bounce Back

February 6, 2020

Dairy markets bounced back on Thursday. Powders led the CME spot trade with Grade A nonfat dry milk gaining 1 ½ cents to $1.24 per lb. but only saw 1 load trade hands. Dry whey also gained 1 ½ cents to $0.38 per lb. but no loads traded, 6 bids, and no loads offered. 

Butter won on volume. A whopping 34 loads traded hands but price remained unchanged at $1.85 ½. Cheddar markets were mixed. Blocks fell ¾ of a cent to $1.89 ½ with only 1 load trading, but barrels gained a penny to $1.46 ½ with 16 loads finding new homes and 3 bids and 3 offers remaining. 

Class III milk liked what it saw, February gained 8 to $16.97, March gained 17 to $17.23 and April gained 12 to $17.29. First half average is at $17.19 per cwt. Second half saw similar strength gaining 2-18 cents. 

Class IV milk was unchanged in Feb at $16.58, gained 4 in March at $16.66 and 17 in April to $16.92. July was the biggest mover gaining 23 cents to $17.73. 

Grain and feed markets continue to be mixed with no big moves. March corn fell 1 ½ cents to $3.79 ¼, March soybeans gained a penny to $8.81 even, and soybean meal gained $0.80 to $288.20 per ton.

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