Mailbox prices as reported by Hoard's Dairyman
Announced December 13: In September 2013, mailbox milk prices for the federal order markets reporting mailbox prices averaged $20.13 per hundredweight, up 54 cents from the August 2013 average and 44 cents higher than September 2012. Prices ranged from Florida's $23.40 to New Mexico's $17.96. 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.