July 2012 milk COP a record high
Higher feed prices pushed U.S. average milk production costs to a record high in July 2012, according to USDA’s monthly Milk Cost of Production estimates. The July 2012 costs surpassed previous highs in July-August 2008 by $1.75/cwt.
The preliminary July 2012 average total cost was $27.43/cwt., up $2.05 from June 2012, and $3.61/cwt. more than July 2011. Cost estimates are based on total farm costs per hundredweight of milk sold.
July purchased ($9.27/cwt.) and homegrown ($6.42/cwt.) feed costs were up $1.32 and 32¢, respectively, from June, and up $2.63 and 58¢, respectively, from July 2011. The overall feed cost of $15.85/cwt. was up $1.65/cwt. from June and $3.22/cwt. from July 2011. Feed costs represented about 58% of total costs.
Fuel and energy costs were steady to lower compared to the previous month and year, helping prevent even higher operating costs. Total operating costs (including feed) were up $1.75¢/cwt. from June and $3.16/cwt. from July 2011.
Increases in labor, opportunity costs of unpaid labor, and capital recovery of machinery and equipment pushed unallocated overhead costs up 29¢/cwt. from June.
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Milk Cost of Production, total costs per $/cwt. milk sold
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