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November 20, 2019

October U.S. Milk Production Up 1.3%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

October milk production in the United States climbed 1.3%, the United States Department of Agriculture reported this week. The 24 major dairy states were up even more, 1.7%.

Most of the production increase came as a result of more milk per cow, up 33 lb over a year ago. That  adds up, because it suggests U.S. cows are pumping out 9 million more pounds of milk each day than they did a year ago.

Cow numbers still lag year ago by 40,000 head. But USDA reports U.S. farms added an estimated 5,000 from September.

California, the nation’s leading dairy state, was up 2.8% in production in October while cow numbers there are still down 5,000 head from last year. Number 2 Wisconsin was up 1%, though cows numbers are down 6,000 head from a year ago.

The two biggest milk gains came in Texas, up 9.3% with 31,000 more cows than last year. Colorado was up 6% with cows up 11,000.

The states with the largest production declines were Virginia, down 7%; Arizona, down 5.6%, and Pennsylvania, down 3.5%.

You can read the full report here.