California April Class 4a, 4b prices lower
California’s April Class 4b milk price is $13.43/cwt., down 24¢ from March and 91¢ less than April 2011. Through the first four months of 2012, the Class 4b average is $13.69/cwt., $1.44 less than the same period a year ago.
The April 4a butter-powder milk price is $14.72/cwt., down 61¢ from March, the eighth consecutive month of decline, and $4.73 less than April a year ago. Through the first four months of 2012, the Class 4a average is $15.44/cwt., down $2.78 from the same period a year ago.
Federal order Class II, III & IV prices will be announced May 2.