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March 12, 2019

January Milk Production Up 0.9%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that January milk production for the United States was up 0.9%, the second consecutive month production gains were less than a full percent. (Note: Milk production climbed just 0.5% in December.)


Cow numbers were down 83,000 head over a year ago (0.9%), but up 2,000 head from December. So the gain in production came from more milk per cow, up a little more than about a pound per day in January (despite artic temperatures in much of the Midwest).


On a state level, California milk production climbed just 0.8% with cow number there down 8,000 head from a year ago. Wisconsin production climbed 2.9% in January, despite cow numbers being down 5,000 head.


Texas was the big gainer in January, up 7.3% with cow numbers up 18,000 head. Colorado was up 6.7% with 10,000 more cows in milk. And Kansas, adding 6,000 cows from a year ago, was up 6.2%.


Of the top dairy states, Pennsylvania showed the most stress and decline, down 5.5% in milk production. Cows numbers in the Commonwealth were down 25,000 head. Virginia saw an 11.5% decline in milk production, and Illinois was off 8.4%.


You can read the full production report here.