The August Federal order Class I base milk price was announced this morning by the Agriculture Department at $15.77 per hundredweight, up 11 cents from July and $5.73 above August 2009. That put the 2010 average at $14.74, up from $10.95 a year ago, but down from $18.75 in 2008. The Class IV advanced pricing factor was the “higher of” in driving the Class I value and there will be no MILC payment to producers.
The NASS-surveyed butter price averaged $1.7321 per pound, up 17 cents from July. Nonfat dry milk averaged $1.2333, down 7 cents. Cheese averaged $1.4497, down 2.3 cents, and dry whey averaged 36.18 cents, down a penny.