Did Production Rise Or Fall In Your State In June?
The USDA Milk Production report shows the smallest of increases with June 2019 production in the top 24 milk producing states at just 0.1% above last year. Production remains stagnant as the national herd continues to decline, with 12,000 fewer cows in June than in May and 62,000 less than the same time last year. Production per cow was up just 15 pounds per cow over June 2018.
The states with the biggest drop in production include Illinois and Virginia, both down 8.1%. Pennsylvania falls next, down 6.5% with Ohio (-4.3%), Florida (-3.0%), Utah (-3.0%), New Mexico (-2.8%), Indiana (-2.6%), Iowa (-0.5%) and Wisconsin (-0.5%) rounding out the top 10.
The states with the biggest gains were Colorado, up 6% and Texas, up 5.6%. Other states on the plus side were Michigan (2.2%), Idaho (2.0%), Kansas (1.6%), Oregon (1.4%) and California (1.2%).
Looking at the second quarter results from April to June, total production was down 0.1% from the same time period in 2018. Average number of milk cows over the second quarter dropped 15,000 head from quarter one, and was off 89,000 head from the same period last year.
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Below are maps that show changes in the top 24 states with regard to milk cows, milk per cow and total milk production.