September 19, 2018

August Production Regains Momentum

 |  By: Mike Opperman

USDA reported Wednesday that August milk production was up 1.4% over August 2017. July production was revised to be up just 0.5% over last year.

Total production was driven by another growth in production per cow, which averaged 1,946 pounds for August, up 27 pounds over a year ago. That production was across 9.4 million head, 4,000 less than last year but 5,000 more than last month. 

Of the 23 major dairy producing states, Texas once again led the way in total production growth, up 9.5% over last year. Colorado and Kansas both tied at 8.6% increase. Of the states dropping in production, Florida was down 7.3% and Virginia was off 5.7%. California and Wisconsin were up 1.2% and 1.4%, respectively.

For a complete look at the August milk production report, click here