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February 20, 2020

January U.S. Milk Production Up 0.9%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that U.S. milk production was up 0.9%, while milk production in the top 23 major dairy states climbed a bit more, 1.2%.

Cow numbers are down 6,000 head from a year ago in U.S. herds, but have climbed 5,000 from December.

The final 2019 milk production total came in at 218 billion pounds, 0.4% above 2018. Over the past decade, milk production has climbed 13%. Production per cow in 2019 was 23,391, up just 241 pounds over 2018. Over the past decade, milk per cow climbed 10.6 percent, or just over 1 percent per year. The average annual number of milk cows was 9.34 million in 2019, up 2.3 percent from 2010.

In January, California milk production rose 0.7% but cow numbers declined 4,000 head. Wisconsin milk production dropped one percent, with cows numbers in the Badger State down 10,000.

The biggest state gaining milk production, percentage wise, was Texas, up 7.9 percent with cow number climbing 32,000 head over a year ago. Kansas was up 5.6 percent, but cow numbers there were up just 6,000.

The largest decline in milk production came in Utah, down 5.7 percent with cow numbers dropping 4,000 head. Arizona was down 2.6 percent, with cows numbers there shrinking 11,000.

You can read the entire January milk production report here.