Weekly Market Report: Aug. 23, 2022

Wisconsin State Farmer
Weekly Market Report Roundup

Weekly market report beginning the week of Aug. 23, 2022. Data compiled from state and national market sources.

Cattle

Bonduel Equity Market: Aug. 22, 2022

FED CATTLE: Steady.

High Yielding Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 130.00 to 153.00.

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 135.00 & down.

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers: 135.00 146.50.

Choice Holstein Steers: 100.00 to 134.00.

Unfinished Steers & Heifers: 99.00 & down.

CULL COWS: Steady

Higher 20% sold for: 90.00 to 104.50.

60% sold for: 73.00 to 89.00.

Lower 20% sold for: 72.00 & down.

CULL BULLS: Steady

Most Bulls: 90.00 to 109.50.

Thin, Full Bulls, over a ton discounted: 90.00 & down.

CALVES: Sold by the pound. Lower.

Holstein Bull Calves: 80.00 to 161.00.

Quality Holstein Heifer Calves: 20.00 & down.

Quality Beef Calves: 150.00 to 270.00.

Light & Poor Quality Calves: 60.00 & down, heavy discounts on light and poor quality.

FEEDER CATTLE: As of 08/18/22 sale.

Beef steers under 400 lbs: No test.

Beef steers 400-600 lbs: 160.00-172.00.

Beef steers 600-800 lbs: 108.00-140.00.

Beef steers over 800 lbs: 123.00-151.00.

Beef heifers under 400 lbs: No test.

Beef heifers 400-600 lbs: 110.00-150.00.

Beef heifers 600-800 lbs: 110.00-156.00.

Beef heifers over 800 lbs: Up o 144.00.

Holstein steers up to 400 lbs: No test.

Holstein steers 400-600 lbs: 79.00-100.00.

Holstein steers 600-800 lbs: 101.00-112.00.

Holstein steers over 800 lbs: No test.

Johnson Creek Equity Market: Aug. 22, 2022

FED CATTLE: Steady.

High Yielding Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 120.00 to 145.00.

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 115.00 to 130.00.

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers: 127.00 to 147.00.

Choice Holstein Steers: 108.00 to 118.00.

Select & Unfinished Cattle: 95.00 & down.

CULL COWS: Steady

20% sold for: 76.00 to 93.00.

60% sold for: 65.00 to 80.00.

Lower 20% sold for: 70.00 & down.

CULL BULLS: Steady.

Most Bulls: 75.00 to 85.00.

Thin & Full Bulls, discounted: 60.00 & down.

CALVES, sold by the pound: Steady

60% of Holstein Bull Calves: 80.00 to 150.00.

Quality Dairy Heifer Calves: 25.00 to 50.00.

Quality Beef Calves: 220.00 to 300.00.

Light & Poor Quality Calves: 50.00 & down.

Lomira Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

FED CATTLE: Steady.

High Yielding Choice & Prime Beef Steers & Heifers: 144.00 to 148.00.

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 134.00 to 143.00.

Select, Low Yielding & Underfinished Beef Steers & Heifers: 132.00 & down.

X-bred Steers & Heifers: 130.00 to 140.00.

High Yielding Choice & Prime Holstein Steers: 137.00 to 142.00.

Choice Holstein Steers & Heifers: 128.00 to 136.00.

Low Yielding, Select & Underfinished Holstein Steers & Heifers: 90.00-124.00.

MARKET COWS: Steady

High Yielding Cows: 83.00 to 94.00.

Cutters & Utility: 59.00 to 84.00.

Canners & Shells: 25.00-58.00

MARKET BULLS: Steady

High Yielding Bulls: 90.00 to 100.00.

Thin, Light & Over-Conditioned Bulls: 85.00 & down.

CALVES (08/23/22 Auction): Sold by the pound.

Quality Holstein Bull Calves weighing 95-125 lbs: 100.00 to 140.00.

Light Weight Calves: 50.00 to 110.00.

Quality Holstein Heifer Calves: 40.00-70.00.

Quality Beef and X-bred Bulls & Heifer Calves: Heifers 140.00-260.00; Bulls 220.00-360.00.

Poor Quality Calves: 30.00 & down.

Altoona Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

FED CATTLE:

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 125.00 to 147.00.

Choice Dairy X-bred Steers & Heifers: 118.00 to 145.00.

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers: 133.00 to 144.00.

Choice Holstein Steers: 118.00 to 132.00.

Select, Unfinished & Heavyweight Steers & Heifers: 117.00 & down.

CULL COWS:

Higher 20% sold for: 80.00 to 91.00.

60% sold for: 59.00 to 79.00.

Lower 20% sold for: 58.00 & down.

CULL BULLS:

Most Bulls: 85.00 to 102.00.

CALVES: Sold by the head.

80% of Holstein Bull Calves 95 lbs. & up: 50.00 to 120.00.

Quality Holstein Heifer Calves: 20.00 & down.

Quality Beef Calves: 100.00-335.00.

Light & Poor Quality Calves: 50.00 & down.

Monroe Equity Market: Aug. 22, 2022

FED CATTLE:

High Yielding Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 145.00-152.00.

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 132.00-144.50.

Choice Dairy X-bred Steers & Heifers: 125.00-144.00.

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers & Heifers: 130.00-140.00.

Choice Holstein Steers & Heifers: 116.00-129.50.

Unfinished Steers & Heifers: 115.00 and down.

Wednesday 08/17/22 Sale:

High Yielding Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: No test.

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: No test.

Choice Dairy X-bred Steers & Heifers: No test.

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers & Heifers: 127.00-136.00.

Choice Holstein Steers & Heifers: 120.00-126.50.

Unfinished Steers & Heifers: 115.00 and down.

CULL COWS:

High Yielding Cows: 85.00 to 100.00.

Cutters & Utility: 69.00 to 84.50.

Canners & Shells: 68.00 & down.

SLAUGHTER BULLS:

High Yielding Bulls: 98.00 to 118.00.

Thin, Light and Overconditioned Bulls: 96.00 & down.

CALVES: Sold by the pound.

Quality Holstein Bull Calves: 120.00 to 160.00.

Light & Poor Quality Calves: 85.00 & down.

Quality Holstein Heifer Calves: 50.00 & down.

Quality Beef & Beef X-bred Calves: bulls 310.00 & down; heifers 290.00 & down.

Reedsville Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

FED CATTLE: Steady

High Yielding Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 137.00 to 148.00.

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 118.00 to 136.00.

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers: 128.00 to 144.00.

Choice Holstein Steers: 110.00 to 127.00.

Unfinished Steers & Heifers: 109.00 & down.

CULL COWS: Stronger

Higher 20% sold for: 85.00 to 100.00.

60% sold for: 70.00 to 84.00.

Lower 20% sold for: 69.00 & down.

CULL BULLS: Steady

Most Bulls: 80.00 to 100.00.

CALVES: Stronger

40% of Holstein Bull Calves: 70.00-150.00.

Quality Holstein Heifer Calves: 40.00 & down.

Quality Beef Calves: 275.00 & down.

Light & Poor Quality Calves: 40.00 & down.

FEEDER CATTLE: Next sale is Aug. 25 at noon.

Holstein steers under 400 lbs: 80.00 to 100.00.

Holstein steers 400 to 600 lbs: 80.00 to 100.00.

Holstein steers 600 to 800 lbs: 75.00 to 95.00.

Holstein steers over 800 lbs: 75.00 to 95.00.

Stratford Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

FED CATTLE: Steady

High Yielding Choice & Prime Beef Steers & Heifers: 134.00-139.50.

Choice Beef Steers & Heifers: 125.00 to 133.00.

High Yielding Choice & Prime Holstein Steers & Heifers: 130.00-143.50.

Select & Choice Holstein Steers & Heifers: 120.00 to 129.00.

Unfinished Steers & Heifers: 120.00 and down.

CULL COWS: Lower

Higher 20% sold for: 82.00 to 95.00.

60% sold for: 62.00 to 81.00.

Lower 20% sold for: 62.00 & down.

Good certified organic cows (for slaughter): 100.00-112.50.

CULL BULLS: Steady.

Most Bulls: 95.00 to 105.00.

Thin, Full, Horned Bulls discounted: 90.00 & down.

CALVES, sold by the head: Holsteins Lower

Good to Top Quality Holstein Bull Calves: 80.00 to 170.00.

Top Quality Holstein Heifer Calves: 25.00 to 35.00.

Plain Quality Holstein Heifer Calves: 20.00 & down.

Quality Beef Calves: 200.00 to 350.00.

Light & Poor Quality Calves: 50.00 & down.

FEEDER CATTLE: Steady

Beef Steers: Under 400 lbs: 125.00-175.00; 400 to 600 lbs: 125.00-175.00; 600 to 800 lbs: 130.00-171.00; Over 800 lbs: 120.00-177.00.

Beef Heifers: Under 400 lbs: 115.00-147.50; 400 to 600 lbs: 110.00-145.00; 600 to 800 lbs: 100.00-135.00; Over 800 lbs: 95.00-130.00.

Holstein Steers: Under 400 lbs: 105.00-140.00; 400 to 600 lbs: 115.00-150.00; 600 to 800 lbs: 115.00-150.00; Over 800 lbs: 90.00-147.00.

Milwaukee Stockyards: Aug. 23, 2022

COWS:

No Roll Cows: 85.00 to 92.00.

High Yielding Cutters & Utility: 75.00 to 85.00.

Cutters: 65.00 to 75.00.

Canners & Shells: 60.00 & down.

HOLSTEIN STEERS:

High Choice & Prime Holstein Steers, 1400-1600 lbs: 134.00 to 137.00.

Choice Holstein Steers: 128.00 to 134.00.

Select Steers: 100.00 to 115.00.

Unfinished Holstein Steers: 100.00 & down.

BEEF CATTLE:

Choice & Prime Angus Beef 1200-1500 lbs: 140.00 to 145.00.

Select Beef Steers & Heifers: 125.00 & down.

BULLS:

Premium Beef Bulls 1600-2000 lbs: 90.00 to 100.00.

Common to Good Bulls: 80.00 to 90.00.

REPLACEMENT CALVES:

Premium Bulls 100-120 lbs: 90.00 to 100.00.

Common to Good Bulls 80-100 lbs: 50.00 to 90.00.

Beef Bull Calves: 150.00 to 225.00.

Beef Heifer Calves: 100.00 to 150.00.

Dairy Heifer Calves: 30.00 to 75.00.

Boning Calves: 15.00 & down.

Premier Livestock: Aug. 18, 2022

MARKET COWS: Steady

Selling Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

High Yielding Cows: 88.00 to 102.00.

Most Market Cows: 72.00 to 87.00.

Low Yielding Cows: 71.00 and down.

FED MARKET STEERS AND HEIFERS: Steady

High Choice & Prime Holstein Steers: 131.00 to 143.00.

Low Choice & Select Holstein Steers: 122.00 to 130.00.

Underfinished & Mixed Grading: 121.00 & down.

MARKET BULLS: Steady

High Yielding Bulls: 99.00 to 118.00.

Plainer Quality Bulls: 98.00 & down.

BABY CALVES: Steady

Most Holstein Bull Calves: 75.00-160.00.

Quality Beef Calves: 150.00 to 390.00.

Holstein Heifer Calves, Single Birth: 10.00-60.00.

Light and off quality calves: 20.00 & down.

Fennimore: Aug. 24, 2022

High Yield Slaughter Cows: 80.00-91.00; Holstein Bulls & Calves: 95-120 lbs: 110.00-150.00; Light Weight & Poor Calves: 50.00-85.00; Holstein Heifer Calves: 20.00-55.00; Beef X-Bred Calves: 150.00-265.00.

National Cattle Summary: Aug. 22, 2022

For Monday negotiated cash trading was at a standstill in the Southern Plains and Nebraska. In the Western Cornbelt negotiated cash trading was mostly inactive on very light demand. Not enough purchases for a market trend. Last week in the Southern Plains live purchases traded from 141.00-142.00. For the prior week in Nebraska live and dressed purchases traded from 146.00-148.50 and at 234.00, respectively. For the previous week in the Western Cornbelt live and dressed purchases traded from 148.00-150.00 and at 234.00, respectively.

Dairy Cattle Summary

Reedsville Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

Top Quality Springing Holstein Heifers: 700.00 to 1500.00.

Plainer Quality Springing Holstein Heifers: 650.00 & down.

Good Quality Shortbred Heifers: 600.00 to 1200.00.

Good Quality Springing & Recently Fresh Cows: 700.00 to 1500.00.

Good Bred Back Milking Cows: 700.00 to 1300.00.

Plain Quality & Common Cows: 500.00 to 900.00.

Dehorned & Vaccinated Open Heifers, 350-550 lbs: 50.00 to 100.00/lb.

Dehorned & Vaccinated Open Heifers, 550-750 lbs: 70.00 to 120.00/lb.

Dehorned & Vaccinated Open Heifers, 750-950 lbs: 70.00 to 120.00/lb.

Central Livestock, Zumbrota, MN: Aug. 22, 2022

FINISHED CATTLE:

Finished Beef Steers: 140.00-150.55; Mixed Grading: 125.00-139.00.

Finished Beef Heifers: 135.00-139.50; Mixed Grading: 110.00-134.00.

Finished Dairy Steers: 135.00-146.50; Silage Fed, Heavyweight, Select Grade, Lightweight: 110.00-130.00.

MARKET COWS:

Mostly 70.00-99.00; Thin/shelly/full/overfed cows: 69.00 & down; Market Bulls: 99.00-116.00.

Bred Beef Cows & Heifers: 1185.00/hd; cow/calf pairs: N/A.

Calves: 95-125 lbs: 65.00-125.00; 150-250 lbs: 75.00-135.00; Beef Calves: 125.00-205.00; Lighter, Weaker, Younger Calves: 60.00 & down.

FEEDER CATTLE:

Beef Steers: under 600 lbs: Up to 192.50/cwt; 600-800 lbs: Up to 143.00; 800-1000 lbs: Up to 135.00/cwt; Beef Heifers: 350-600 lbs: Up to 175.00/cwt; 600-800 lbs: Up to 141.00/cwt; 800-1000 lbs: Up to 128.00.

Holstein Steers: under 400 lbs: N/A.; 400-600 lbs: 121.00/cwt; 600-800 lbs: N/A; 800-1000 lbs: N/A.

Eastern Corn Belt Direct, Feeder Cattle Summary: Aug. 19, 2022

Compared to last week: Not enough Current FOB trades for a trend this week. Demand moderate. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (54.9% Steers, 45.1% Heifers). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 68%. Unless otherwise noted, Feeder Cattle prices FOB based on net weights after a 2-3% shrink or equivalent, with up to a 15 cent slide > 600 lbs and up to a 20 cent slide < 600 lbs. Livestock reported this week originated from KY, SD.

Sheep & Lambs

Monroe Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

As of 08/20/22: Finished Market Lambs: 1.00-1.20/lb.; Feeder Lambs: 1.20-2.35/lb.; Cull Ewes: .60-0.95/lb; Cull Rams: No test.

Johnson Creek Equity Market: Aug. 22, 2022

Lambs: Over 100 lbs: 110.00-150.00; Under 100 lbs: 120.00-170.00; Ewes: 70.00-110.00; Bucks: 70.00-110.00.

Lomira Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

As of 07/30/2022: Finished Market Lambs: 90.00-150.00; Feeder Lambs: Under 65 lbs: 140.00-200.00; 70-100 lbs: 120.00-180.00; Ewes: 70.00-100.00; Rams: 80.00-115.00.

Stratford Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

As of 08/17/22: Feeder Lambs: 110.00-130.00; Market Lambs: 120.00-130.00; Cull Ewes: 90.00-135.00; Cull Rams: 85.00-150.00.

Fennimore: Aug. 24, 2022

Bucks & Ewes: 60.00-95.00.; Choice Lambs: 100.00-110.00/lb.; Feeding Lambs: 120.00-205.00/lb.

Central Livestock, Zumbrota, MN: Aug. 23, 2022

Feeder Lambs: 50-70 lbs: 145.00-200.00; 70-90 lbs: 110.00-185.00; 90-120 lbs: 110.00-135.00.

Fed Lambs 110-155 lbs: Shorn Lambs: N/A.; Unshorn Lambs: 95.00-127.50/cwt.

Utility & Good Ewes: 65.00-105.00; Thin & Cull Ewes: 20.00-75.00; Yearling Ewes: 70.00-130.00.

Goats

Monroe Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

As of 08/20/22: Goats sell by the head.

Dairy Goats 40-70 lbs: 60.00 to 120.00.

Meat Goats 40-70 lbs: 160.00-220.00.

Meat Goats over 70 lbs: 200.00-270.00.

Cull Nannies & Billies: 170.00 & down.

Johnson Creek Equity Market: Aug. 22, 2022

Young Goats over 80 lbs: 200.00 & down.

Young Goats 60-80 lbs: 200.00 & down.

Young Goats under 60 lbs: 170.00 & down.

Cull Goats: 100.00 & down.

Lomira Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

As of 07/30/2022:

Fed Goats: 160.00 to 225.00.

Dairy Kids: 130.00 to 200.00.

Boer Kids: 200.00 to 300.00.

Cull Goats: 80.00 to 160.00.

Fennimore: Aug. 24, 2022

Slaughter Nannies: 120.00 to 132.50.

Slaughter Billies: 180.00-220.00.

Slaughter Kids (Dairy): 150.00-210.00.

Slaughter Kids (Boer): 245.00-270.00.

Hogs

USDA Hog Report Aug. 19, 2022

Compared to last week: Early weaned pigs steady. All feeder pigs mostly steady to 2.00per head lower. Demand good on moderate offerings.

Stratford Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

Butchers: 80.00-81.00; Sows: 86.00-89.00; Boars: 30.00-37.00; Slaughter Pigs: No test; Feeder Pigs, 45-50 lbs: 38.00/hd.; 70-80 lbs: no test; 85 lbs. and up: no test.

Johnson Creek Equity Market: Aug. 22, 2022

Butchers over 250 lbs: 60.00-75.00; Light Sows: 35.00-65.00; Heavy Sows: 35.00-70.00; Boars: 10.00-20.00; Feeder Pigs: no test.

Lomira Equity Market: Aug. 16, 2022

Feeder Pigs: 40-80 lbs: Call for availability.

Hogs: Heavy Sows: 71.00-75.00; Light Sows: 67.00-70.00; Boars: 16.00-20.00; Butcher Hogs: 70.00.

Central Livestock, Zumbrota, MN: Aug. 23, 2022

Feeder Pigs: Up to 50 lbs: Up to 85.00/hd; 50-60 lbs: Up to100.00/hd; 60-80 lbs: N/A; 80-100 lbs: N/A; 100-120 lbs: Up to 110.00/hd.

Commodities futures for the week beginning Aug. 22, 2022.

Grains

Cargill La Crosse, Aug. 23, 2022

CORN/SOYBEANS

Sept: 6.6000/15.6675

Dec.: 6.5525/-----

Mar ‘23: 6.6150/14.6850

May 6.6250/14.6950

Sept: 6.2150/14.0550

Dec: 6.1175/-------

Mar.’24: 6.1900/13.8425

May: 6.2225/13.7975

Eggs

USDA Egg Report Aug. 23, 2022

Midwest delivered prices are unchanged. Producer prices are 2 cents higher for Large, Medium and Small. The undertone is steady to fully steady. Retail demand is moderate to fairly good. Food service demand is fairly good to instances good. Offerings are light to moderate. Supplies are moderate to at times light. Market activity is moderate. The Midwest shell egg inventory is unchanged from last week.

Extra Large: 2.04-2.06; Large: 2.02-2.04; Medium: 1.65-1.67

Hay

Reedsville Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

High Quality 1st Crop Hay: 90.00-145.00/ton; Low Quality: 80.00/ton & down; High Quality 2nd & 3rd Crop Hay: 120.00-180.00/ton; Low Quality: 110.00/ton & down; High Quality Straw: 80.00-130.00/ton, Low quality 70.00/ton & down.

Lomira Equity Market: Aug. 19, 2022

Every Friday at noon (price per bale):

Small Squares Hay: 1.00-3.00/bale; Large Squares Hay Alfalfa: 40.00-50.00/bale; Large Squares Mix: 30.00-40.00/bale; Large Square Grass: 20.00-35.00/bale; Large Rounds Alfalfa Quality: 40.00-50.00/bale; Large Rounds Mix: 30.00-40.00/bale; Large Rounds Grass: 20.00-30.00/bale; Small Wheat Straw: 1.50-3.00/bale; Large Squares: 10.00-20.00/bale.

**Fennimore: Aug. 24, 2022

Large Square Hay: 120.00-130.00/ton; Lg. Round Dairy Quality Hay: 100.00-120.00/ton; Dry Cow/Beef Cow Hay: 60.00-85.00/ton; Large Square Straw: 45.00/bale; Small Square Straw: 3.00/bale.

Tim Slack Auction & Realty, Hay & Bedding Report: Aug. 18, 2022

Hay, lg. Square: Good: 175.00-225.00/ton.

Hay, lg. Round: Good: 100.00-110.00/ton; Sm. square: 4.25/bale.

Straw, lg. Square: N/A; Corn Fodder, Lg. Round: Good: 25.00-27.00/bale.

Grass, lg. Square: Good: N/A; Lg. round: N/A.

Stratford Equity Market: Aug. 23, 2022

Sale first and third Tuesday each month:

Large Square Grass Mix: 40.00-45.00/bale.

Large Square Hay Bales, 2nd and 3rd Crop Alfalfa: 60.00-75.00/bale.

Large Square Bales, Rye Straw: 40.00-45.00/bale.

Round Hay Bales, Grass: 35.00-50.00/bale.

Alfalfa Rounds, 2nd & 3rd Crop: 45.00-55.00/bale.

Small Square Straw Bales: No test.

Small Square Hay Bales:2.75-3.50/bale.

Dairy

Weekly Animal Feed, Central U.S.: Aug. 18, 2022

Dry whey production has been somewhat active, as spot milk loads in the Midwest have been available, unexpectedly, according to a number of contacts, at discounts. Some plants are undergoing scheduled and unscheduled downtime, for maintenance. Still, neighboring Class III operations are keeping busy with spot milk as low as $4 under Class. There are some expectations of a near-term tightening of milk availability, though. Dry whey prices were unchanged on the bottom of the range and mostly, as the top of the range ticked higher due to brand preference. Most activity remains in the mid $.40s, however.

  • Prices for Central U.S., All First Sales, FOB, Conventional and Non-Edible Dry Whey Price Range Animal Feed, $/lb: .3500 - .3900.
  • Prices for Central U.S., All First Sales, FOB, Extra Grade & Grade A, Conventional and Edible Dry Whey Price Range: Non-Hygroscopic, $/lb: .3900 - .5300; Mostly Range: Non-Hygroscopic, $/lb: .4400 - .4600.
Class III Milk Futures for the week beginning Aug. 22, 2022.

Dairy Market Review: Aug. 19, 2022

BUTTER: Grade AA closed at $2.9400. The weekly average for Grade AA is $2.9665 (+0.0040).

CHEESE: Barrels closed at $1.8950 and 40# blocks at $1.8200. The weekly average for barrels is $1.9370 (+0.0630) and blocks, $1.8710 (+0.0490).

CHEESE HIGHLIGHTS: Milk production is declining but milk volumes remain available for cheese making across all regions. In the Central region, cheesemakers say more milk is available than typically expected at this time of the year due to some expected and unexpected down time at production facilities. Cheese inventories of both blocks and barrels are available for spot purchasing in the Northeast and West, though barrel inventories are snug in the Central region. Market prices for cheese have declined in recent weeks, contributing to an uptick in demand from customers in both domestic and international markets.

BUTTER HIGHLIGHTS: In the Northeast, cream multiples are pushing higher amid strong demand. Higher multiples have enticed some butter makers to sell cream loads, constraining butter production. Cream availability is tight in the central and West regions. Tight cream supplies have contributed to increased micro-fixing rates in the Central region. Ice cream makers in the West are purchasing loads of cream to run steady production schedules. Retail and food service demand are trending higher in the West, amid Labor Day and back to school sales.

FLUID MILK HIGHLIGHTS: Milk output is mixed from flat to declining nationwide. Depending on the area, humidity is playing a role in keeping cow comfort levels in the negative. Generally, milk does remain available for processing needs, but there are exceptions. In Arizona, where flooding has inhibited hauling and processing, plant managers are getting milk from other parts of the Western region. Class I demand has picked up markedly in recent weeks, and orders are expected to continue for the near-term, as schools continue to open across the country.

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