LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Domestic cheese, butter prices key to milk outlook

Milk prices may have reached ceiling for time being.

Milk prices continued a generally solid recovery from their late-spring low through August, when the U.S. average all-milk price reached $17.10/cwt. The National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Management Inc.’s October “Dairy Market Report” noted that the rise was powered largely by a strong increase in Class III skim milk prices, which also drove up Class I skim prices.

The Class III and Class IV prices dropped in September, however, and milkfat prices have been drifting down

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