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March 9, 2020

Exports Top 15% of U.S. Milk Output in January

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

In January, U.S. exporters shipped 184,033 tons of milk powders, cheese, whey products, lactose and butterfat to overseas buyers, a 21 percent jump from last year.

On a total milk solids basis, this represents a 15.1 percent share of U.S. milk solids production for the month, up from 12.5 percent last year and the most ever for any month of January, reports the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).

The value of January 2020 dairy exports was $555 million, up 29% and the highest monthly figure in nearly 5 years, say USDEC officials.

The biggest gains came in sales to Southeast Asia—Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.  Sales to the region set a new high for the third time in the last four months. Sales to Southeast Asia were up 77 percent October through January.

The other very good news is that whey sales are recovering. They were up 18% in January, near to what the increase was in December, says USDEC. Whey sales to China totaled 12,526 tons, the most in more than a year and up 31 percent over a year ago.

Cheese sales were up fractionally. But exports of whole milk powder, butterfat and fluid/milk cream were down.

For more detail on January export sales, click here.