California quarterly milk production costs compared


California 2013 second quarter (Q2) statewide weighted average total milk production costs were up 15¢/cwt. (+0.8%) compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to the Dairy Marketing Branch of the California Department of Food & Agriculture. Including an allowance for return on management and investment, total costs were up 20¢/cwt. (+1.1%). Feed costs represented 66.8% of total costs.

Compared to the previous quarter (Q1 2013), all costs categories were down in Q2 2013.

Total feed costs averaged $11.35/cwt. in Q2 2013, up 4% from a year earlier, but down from the previous quarter. Average hired labor, replacement and operating costs were all lower than the year before.

Looking at regional differences, the North Coast remains the most expensive region to produce milk, with total costs and allowances averaging $24.19/cwt. during the second quarter of 2013. Southern California average costs for the quarter were the lowest, at $17.88/cwt.

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