December 3, 2013 — California’s November Class 4b cheese milk price is $17.30/cwt., up 48¢ from October, but $1.18 less November 2012. The 2013 4b average now stands at $16.28/cwt., up from$15.47 at this time a year ago, and compares to $16.48 in 2011. The Class 4a butter-powder price is $20.63/cwt., up 63¢ from October and $2.36 above a year ago. The 2013 4a average now stands at $18.64, up from $15.46 a year ago and compares to $19.02 in 2011.
The prices include the temporary state mandated increases which will be in effect until June 2014. Comparable federal order Class III & IV prices are announced by USDA on Wednesday.