June Milk Production Up 1.5%
U.S. milk production climbed 1.5% in June over year-earlier levels, with cow numbers up 1,000 head, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Given weak milk prices and margins, the bump in cow numbers was a bit of a surprise. Cow numbers had been stagnant for the previous three months. For the second quarter of the year, cow numbers were up 6,000 head compared to the April-June period last year.
In the 23 major dairy states, milk per cow average 1,926 lb, the highest production for the month of June since the 23-state series began in 2003.
California continued its production decline, however, down 1% in milk production and with 8,000 fewer cows reported. This is the 19th consecutive month of production decline for the Golden State.
Michigan and South Dakota continued their torrid pace of growth. Michigan was up 5.4% in milk production (47 million lb) and cow numbers there were up 11,000 head. South Dakota saw milk production grow 6.6% (13 million lb) with cow numbers up 9,000 head.
Wisconsin also showed strong growth, up 3.8% on milk. Cow numbers in the Badger State were actually down 2,000 head, but milk per cow was up 75 lb., or 2.5 lb./cow/day for June. New York was also up 4.2%, with milk per cow up 75 lb. as well.
Read the full June production report here.