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CWT Assisted Exports Mount, Offset Milk Production Growth

April 4, 2012

March was another busy month for the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program. CWT received 78 requests for assistance from member cooperatives, and agreed to provide assistance on 72 of the requests: 42 for cheese totaling 10.9 million pounds, and 30 for butter totaling 10.3 million pounds.

The CWT-assisted exports in March bring the product totals for 2012 to 37.8 million pounds of cheese and 33.3 million pounds of butter sold by member cooperatives to customers in 19 countries on four continents. On a milk equivalent butterfat basis, these exports equal 1.075 billion pounds. That is equal to nearly 60 percent of the increase in milk production for the first two months of the year.