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April 20, 2018

March Milk Production Up 1.3%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that March milk production in the United States climbed another 1.3%, a bit slower than the 1.6% increase in February and the 1.7% jump in January. But the increase is a sign production isn’t slowing all that much.


Cow numbers continue to run ahead of last year, up 23,000 head. USDA does estimate that total cow numbers declined 2,000 head from February, perhaps reflecting accelerated cow culling.


California again showed an increase in production, up 2.7% from a year ago. The gains again came from more milk per cow, up 3 lb/cow/day. Cow numbers in the Golden State declined 18,000 head from a year ago, and were down 1,000 from February.


Colorado again showed the largest percentage increase among the top 23 dairy states, up 7.4% with cow numbers up 11,000 head. Utah was up 5.5% and Texas was up 4.8% over March.


Of the other top dairy states, Wisconsin was up 3.3%, though it reported 6,000 fewer cows, reflecting numerous farm auction sales across the Badger State. New York was down 1.2%, and Idaho was up 4%.


You can read the full March milk production report here.