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December 19, 2018

November Milk Production Grows Just 0.6%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that November milk production in the U.S. was up just 0.6%, with cow numbers down 38,000 head from a year ago, down 8,000 head from October and down 48,000 head from the beginning of the year.


As a result, the increase in production came from more milk per cow, up 19 lb over last year. Milk production in the top 23 states was up 0.8%.


California’s milk production was up 2.9%, though cow numbers are down 12,000 head from a year ago. Wisconsin’s production was almost flat, up just 0.1%. New York production was down 0.3%; Idaho, +4% and Texas, +5.2%.


The biggest percentage increase in production came in Colorado, up 7.1%, with cow numbers there up 14,000. The biggest decline came in Virginia, down 10.7% in milk with cow numbers down there 7,000 head (8.75%).


Click here for the complete November milk production report.


The more important stat will be butterfat production. Oct was 3.95% which was much higher than the 3.89 of Oct 2017. That meant that US butterfat production in Oct 2018 was 2.2% YoY when milk production was +0.8% YoY.