CENTRAL BUTTER Many butter manufacturers are wrapping up the last of the Easter/Passover retail orders. The market tone is steady. Snug cream supplies and increased cream prices resulted in a few butter churn operators electing to sell some cream supplies, reducing production levels. International interest is ongoing as manufacturers fill export orders. Domestic demand is moderate to very good with anticipation of a slight back off in sales after current holiday orders are filled. Butter makers look to replenish light inventories in the coming weeks. Current bulk butter prices range from market to 6 cents over the market, based on the CME Group and various indices. At the CME Group Grade AA butter closed lower to $1.9850 at midweek, up 1.5 cents since last Wednesday. The DMN National Dairy Retail Report noted the weighted average advertised price for a 1 lb. package of butter in the Midwest region was $2.50, 29 cents lower than two weeks ago and 29 cents lower than the national price. The average price in the South Central region was $2.79. The national weighted average price was $2.79, a 5 cent increase from two weeks ago and 33 cents higher than a year ago. The number of ads nationally, 3,010, increased by 22% this period compared to two weeks. This week, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) assisted on 13.928 million pounds of 82% butter for export.