Columbia, S.C., April 27, 2006: Total cash receipts from marketings of milk in SOUTH CAROLINA
during 2005 was $47.6 million, down 4 percent from the $49.4 million marketed in 2004.

Total milk production was 290 million pounds for 2005 up 1 percent from 287 million pounds in 2004. The average price per 100 pounds for milk decreased from $17.40 in 2004 to $16.60 in 2005.

Cash receipts in the UNITED STATES from marketings of milk during 2005 totaled $26.7 billion, 3 percent below 2004. Producer returns averaged $15.20 per hundredweight, 6 percent below 2004. Marketings totaled 176 billion pounds, 4 percent above 2004. Marketings include whole milk sold to plants and dealers and milk sold directly to consumers. An estimated 1.08 billion pounds of milk were used on farms where produced, 2 percent less than 2004. Calves were fed 87 percent of this milk, with the remainder consumed in producer households.

Total milk production increased 4 percent in 2005 to 177 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 19,576 pounds, was 609 pounds above 2004. The annual average number of milk cows on farms, at 9.04 million head, was 29,000 head more than 2004.

For additional information call:

Rhonda L. Brandt, Director
Steve Pavlasek, Deputy Director