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November 20, 2017

October Milk Production Up 1.4%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

October milk production climbed 1.4% over last year, with cow numbers still 65,000 head higher than they were a year ago, the United State Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon.  U.S. cow numbers dipped 1,000 head from September, and down 4,000 from August, which was the highwater mark for cow numbers this year at 9.404 million.

California continued its downward slide in production, down 1.5%, with cow numbers down 13,000 head from a year ago.

Arizona showed the largest percentage increase of the top 23 dairy producing state, up 6.6% with cow numbers up 9,000 head. Utah was also up 6.2%, with cow numbers up 6,000 head.

Texas also continued its production climb, up 5.3% in October over a year ago, with cow numbers up a whopping 25,000 head. Colorado was also up 5.7%, with cow numbers up 9,000.

Wisconsin, still the Number 2 dairy state, was up 2.3%--all of it on more milk production per cow. Cow numbers in the Badger State remained unchanged.

Read the full October milk production report here.