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Federal Order Mailbox Prices


2023 Table


These Mailbox Prices are for the reporting areas that are smaller than Federal-milk-order-wide, as described in the narrative below.



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These Mailbox Prices are for the consolidated orders which became effective January 1, 2000.



These Mailbox Price tables are for orders in effect prior to Federal Order Reform.


Beginning with January 1995, the Dairy Programs section of the Agricultural Marketing Service, through its Federal milk order market administrator offices, began collecting and publishing "mailbox milk prices".

The "mailbox price" is defined as the net price received by dairy farmers for milk, including all payments received for milk sold and deducting costs associated with marketing the milk.  All payments for milk sold include, where applicable: over-order premiums; quality, component, breed, and volume premiums; payouts from state-run over-order pricing pools; payments from superpool organizations or marketing agencies in common; payouts from programs offering seasonal production bonuses; and, monthly distributions of cooperative earnings.  All payments are shown for the month in which received.  Annual distributions of cooperative profits / earnings -- 13th checks -- are not included. Also, equity repayments are not included.

Costs associated with marketing milk include, where applicable:  hauling charges, cooperative dues, assessments, equity deductions / capital retains, and reblends; the Federal milk order deduction for marketing services; Federally-mandated assessments such as the National Promotion Program and budget deficit reduction; and advertising / promotion assessments above the national program level.  Other deductions, such as loan, insurance or feed mill assignments are not included.

The information reported is intended to be representative of the entire market by including data for the major cooperatives and handlers with nonmember supplies operating in the market.  For some markets for which the milk supply area covers a wide geographic region, the pay prices reported may be limited to those areas from which the majority of pooled milk is received.  This is done because the pay prices in the outlying areas may be aligned more closely with another order's pay prices.  For all markets, the mailbox price is reported at the market average butterfat test; there is no adjustment to 3.5% butterfat.

Beginning in 2001, in an effort to provide mailbox price information that USDA believes would be more meaningful and useful, they began collecting and publishing data for reporting areas that are smaller than Federal-milk-order-wide.  Federal-milk-order-wide prices were discontinued.  (The Upper Midwest Order, however, has continued to calculate and publish a market-wide mailbox price.) 


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