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September 18, 2019

Milk Production, Cow Numbers Inch Higher

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

In the August milk production report, released by USDA Wednesday, the agency noted showed increase milk production month over month and revised cow numbers for July by 10, 0000 cows. 

Total U.S. milk production was 18.28 billion pounds up 0.2% year over year. While cow numbers did decrease by 2,000 head month-over-month, USDA revised the July milk cow numbers were revised higher by 10,000 cows. That left total cows roughly 11,000 cows higher than the INTL FCStone estimate. Milk per cow saw an increase of 1.0% year over year coming in at 1,962 pounds. 

Following the July revision, cows in the 24 milk producing states totaled 8.778 million head. 

According to INTL FCStone that state losses were where they expected: the northeast and upper Midwest. 

The biggest declines came from Virginia, -11.4%, Illinois, -8.0%, Arizona, -6.1%, Pennsylvania, -6.0%, Indiana, -4.1% & Utah, -3.5%. The biggest gains were seen in Texas, +4.6%, Colorado, +4.6%, Idaho, +3.0%, Oregon, +2.8% & South Dakota, +2.6%. Wisconsin was the only state among the top 7 milk production states to show a decline this month coming in -0.5%.