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December 19, 2017

November Milk Production Up 1%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that November milk production rose one percent over last year, with cow numbers climbing 53,000 head over last November. The good news: Cow numbers are unchanged from October, and milk per cow climbed just 9 lb in November compared to a year ago.

Milk production has slowed over the past three months, with September up 1%, October up 1.2% and November up 1%. Prior to that, milk production was up at least 1.6% from year earlier levels, and in January, April, July and August, production was up more than 2% from the previous year.

California again declined, down 1.1% in November, with cow numbers down 14,000 head. Colorado, up 6.1% in milk and 9,000 cows, and Texas, up 5.9% in milk and 25,000 cows, were the big gainers in November. But the two other big growth states, Michigan and South Dakota, slowed considerably. Michigan was up 2.2% and just 5,000 cows while South Dakota showed no increase from a year ago.

Of the other top five states, Wisconsin was up 0.9%, New York was down 0.3% and Idaho was down 0.6%.  

Read the full November milk production report here.