February Milk Production Up 1.8%
The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that February milk production climbed another 1.8% over year ago numbers, with cow numbers up 45,000 head to 9.41 million head. Milk per cow was also up 24 lb over last February.
For the second consecutive month, California is reporting increased milk production, up 3.5% in February. The increase came on the strength of more milk per cow, which was up 80 lb., or nearly 3 lb/cow/day. Cow numbers in the Golden State are still down 17,000 head from a year ago though unchanged from January.
The biggest gainer in milk production percentage was Colorado, up 7.7% from a year ago. Cow numbers in Colorado are up 12,000 head from last February, though milk per cow remains unchanged.
Utah reported a 6.9% jump in milk production, with cow numbers up 5,000 head. Texas was up 5.5%, and cow numbers were up 16,000 moo bossies.
Of the other top states, Wisconsin was virtually unchanged, up just 0.1%. Cow numbers actually dipped 5,000 head to 1.275 million.
In New York, milk production fell 2.3% in February, though cow numbers were up 4,000 head. The decline came as a result of less milk per cow, down about 2 lb/cow/day.
Idaho, the #4 dairy state in the country, was up 4.8% with cow numbers up 9,000 head.
Read the full report here.