July Production Up 1.3%
While the growth in production seemed to taper off in June, USDA reports that July production was up 1.3% over June 2017. In addition, USDA revised May production to a 1.1% increase, it had been at 0.8%.
The increase was buoyed by more cows and more production per cow. There were 12,000 more head this year than in June 2017, a number that is unchanged from May 2018. Production per cow averaged 1,964 in June, 23 pounds above June 2017.
Here are production results for the major dairy producing states:
- California: +0.5%
- Idaho: +1.0%
- New York: +1.4%
- Texas: +6.6%
- Wisconsin: +1.2%
For the quarter April through June, milk production was up 0.8% from the same period last year. Also, there were 4,000 more cows this year over the same three-month period compared to last year.