Cooperatives Working Together accepted eight requests for export assistance from Bongards, Darigold, Foremost Farms and United Dairymen of Arizona to sell a total of 879 metric tons (1.938 pounds) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. The product will be delivered June through November 2012.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance Program positively impacts producer milk prices in the short-term by reducing inventories that overhang the market and depress cheese and butter prices. In the long-term, CWT's Export Assistance program helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the farm milk that produces them.
In 2012, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in making export sales of Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Gouda cheese totaling 56.6 million pounds, and butter and anhydrous milk fat totaling 44.3 million pounds to 27 countries on four continents. The butter total has been adjusted due to cancellations. On a butterfat basis, the milk equivalent of these exports is 1.488 billion pounds, or the same as the annual milk production of 70,850 cows.
The Cooperatives Working Together Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers' milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.