June dairy celebrations are officially right around the corner, but there’s not much to celebrate on Wisconsin’s dairy operations.
The Wisconsin all milk price for April 2018 was $16.30 per hundredweight (cwt) according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This was 10 cents higher than last month’s price but 90 cents lower than last April’s price. That price is about $1.40 per gallon at the farm gate.
The U.S. all milk price for April was $15.80 per cwt, 50 cents lower than Wisconsin’s price but 20 cents higher than last month’s U.S. price. Twenty-one of the 23 major milk producing states had a higher price when compared with March. Idaho was the only state to have a lower price, down 20 cents to $15.30 per cwt., while Texas had no change in its price from last month.
Minnesota dairies saw a 20 cent increase, Iowa was up 20 cents as well and Michigan dairy farms got a 40 cent bump up.
Meanwhile three milk processors across the country have announced they’ll close facilities before the end of summer. Two Dean Foods locations in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, along with an independent facility in Oregon will all go dark.