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December 19, 2019

November Milk Production Up 0.5%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Milk production in the United States climbed another 0.5% in November, reports the United States Department of Agriculture. Production in the top 24 states was down 0.5%.

U.S. cow numbers were down 27,000 head from a year ago, but remain unchanged from October. The production increase came on the heels of more milk per cow, though that, too, was muted. Milk per cow in November was up just 15 pounds.

Half of the top 24 leading dairy states reported an increase in cow numbers. Leading the gainers year-over-year was Texas, up 30,000 head, with Idaho putting on another 19,000 cows and Colorado adding 12,000. The biggest losers were Pennsylvania, with cow numbers there down 24,000. Wisconsin reported 7,000 fewer cows than a year ago; California, 6,000 fewer cows.

In terms of milk production, Colorado led the nation with a 7% increase followed by Texas, up 6.9%. South Dakota was up 4.5%. The largest declines came in Arizona, down 6.3%; Virginia, down 4.8% and Illinois, down 4.3%.

You can read the full November milk production report here.