Mailbox prices as reported by Hoard's Dairyman

Mailbox Prices

Announced March 14: In December 2013, mailbox milk prices for the federal order markets reporting mailbox prices averaged $22.04 per hundredweight, up 39 cents from the November 2013 average and 54 cents higher than December 2012. Prices ranged from Florida's $24.68 to New Mexico's $19.99. The California mailbox price is calculated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Mailbox prices reflect the actual price dairy operators receive for their milk, hence the name mailbox price. Typically, they are released about 3-1/2 months following the month for which the prices apply. Mailbox prices are reported at average fat tests and reflect all premiums, as well as marketing costs, including hauling.