December Milk Production Climbs 2.2%
The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that December milk production climbed 2.2%, slightly lower than the 2.6% jump in November and the 2.5% gain in October.
For the year, total U.S. milk production climbed to 212.5 billion lb., up 1.9% from 2015. Milk cows were also up 38,000 head above a year ago, and 11,000 head higher than November. For the year, the milk cow population averaged 9.333 million head, up 16,000 head from 2015.
California saw its third straight month of milk production increase, with December production climbing 0.5% and but cow numbers were still down 10,000 head. Wisconsin’s milk production climbed 1.7%. New York was up 3.6% in milk production, and Idaho climbed 2.7%.
The biggest increase in milk output, in percentage terms, was Texas, up 11.7%. Kansas was up 9.5%; Colorado, up 7.3%; and New Mexico, up 7.1%. Michigan, which had been on a torrid production increase for most of 2016, was up “only” 3.9% in December, and South Dakota was up just 4.3%.
Five states saw production decline in December: Oregon, -2.8%; Virginia, -2%; Utah, -1.7%; Illinois, -1.2%, and Washington, -0.2%.
Read today’s full production report here.