This Week in Dairy – Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster, currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally. This column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness. Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone 360.201.4033 The February 7 Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction saw its weighted average for all products offered climb 1.3 percent after inching up 0.6 percent January 17, which followed drops of 3.9 percent on January 3 and 0.5 percent December 20. Buttermilk powder again led the declines, down 7.5 percent, after dropping 10.1 percent January 17. Cheddar cheese was down 3.7 percent, after a 1.3 percent gain. Rennet casein inched 0.4 percent lower, after leading the gains last time. Butter was up 4.9 percent, after gaining 1.6 percent last time, and anhydrous milkfat was up 4.0 percent, following a 3.7 percent gain. Whole milk powder was up 1.0 percent, following a 0.1 percent slip, and skim milk powder inched 0.1 percent…

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