By Bob Meyer – Brownfield Ag News
A nice little push to close out the week and the month on the Chicago Mercantile dairy markets on Friday. Cash cheese barrels added 1.25 cents, blocks gained 5.5 cents, butter up a quarter-cent and Class III futures increased 31 cents for September, 48 cents for October and 22 cents for November.
For the week, cash cheese barrels gained 12.75 cents, blocks up 5.5 cents, butter increased 4.25 cents, nonfat dry milk was unchanged and September, October and November Class III contracts gained an average 37 cents.
This was a week that saw a turn-around in the butter market fired by 25 loads sold on Tuesday. Dairy Market News says stocks are heavy but retail demand has improved significantly and so has export demand and that is pulling inventory out of storage. The cheese market was mixed most of the week with the hot weather pushing milk production and components lower but there is still a lot of cheese in the nation’s warehouses. The availability of milk for cheese making has tightened-up a bit due to the hot weather and increased Class I demand ahead of schools restarting.
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