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March 20, 2019

February Milk Production Up Just 0.2%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

For the third consecutive month, U.S. milk production inched up less than 1%, with the United States Department of Agriculture reporting February milk production up 0.2%. January production was up 0.9%; December 2018, up 0.5%.


Cow numbers also declined 77,000 head from a year ago, but remained unchanged at 9.359 million head from January.


California, the country’s Number One milk producing state, reported its February output as virtually unchanged from a year ago, up just 0.1%. Cow numbers there continue to slip, down 8,000 head from a year ago (but unchanged from January.)


In Wisconsin, despite a brutal, snowy month, milk production increased 1.5% even though cow numbers dipped 5,000 head.


The largest milk production increase, in terms of percentage, came in Colorado, up 8.3% with 12,000 more cows now calling the state home. Oregon also surged upward, with 7.3% more milk and 3,000 more cows. Texas was up 7.7% with 20,000 more cows. South Dakota climbed 6.4% with cow numbers up 5,000 head from a year ago.


The state reporting the largest decline was Virginia, down 11.7% in production with 9,000 fewer cows from a year ago. Of the major dairy states, Pennsylvania reported a production decline of 6%, with cow numbers down 25,000 head, or 4.8%. Cow numbers in the Commonwealth now stand at 500,000.


You can read the full February milk production report here.