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December 3, 2018

Central U.S. Gains Milk Production Market Share

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The Central United States, from North Dakota south to Texas and from Alabama north to Ohio and Michigan, now accounts for 43% of U.S. milk production, report economists with the Upper Midwest Federal Milk Marketing Order.


Between 2008 and 2017, U.S. milk production grew 14%. In the Central states, milk production was up 23% while milk production in the West grew just 6% and in the East, 11%. The Central states “market share” grew 3.1 percentage points in the past decade while the West declined 2.7 percentage points and was down 0.5 percentage points.


In total, U.S. milk production grew 25.5 billion lb between 2008 and 2017. All of that growth, plus a little bit more, 27 billion lb went into additional cheese production. Nearly 60% of U.S. milk production is now utilized in cheese manufacturing. Wisconsin is the leading cheese producer, at 27%. California is second, with 20%, following by Idaho, 8%, New York, 7% and Minnesota, 6%.  


For more detail on changes in butter, nonfat dry milk and yogurt production dynamics, click here.