May Milk Production Climbs 1.8%
U.S. milk production climbed 1.8% in May, marking the 41st month of production increases (if February 2017 is adjusted for leap year). Cow numbers continued to climb as well, up 71,000 over a year ago and up 2,000 from April 2017. There are an estimated 9.393 million cows now on U.S. dairy farms, the United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon.
California reported a 1.1% decline in milk production in May, and cow numbers in the Golden State were down 9,000 head. Wisconsin, which had been increasing milk production for untold months, actually declined 0.7% in May, though cow numbers are reportedly steady at 1.279 million.
The Number 3 dairy state, New York, was up 2.3% in May with cow number climbing 4,000 head. Idaho was down 0.2%, though cow numbers climbed 4,000. Texas, which is surging into the #5 spot, was up 14.7% over a year ago, and cow numbers are up 43,000 head. Texas also reported the biggest milk production gain of any of the major 23 reporting states.
Colorado was up 7.3%, with cow numbers up 10,000, and New Mexico was up 6.9%, with cow numbers of 18,000.
The biggest percentage declines came out of the northwest, with Oregon down 3.5% and Washington, down 1.4%. Cow numbers in these two states are down a total of 5,000.
Read the full report here.