May 18, 2018

Production Creeps Up Just 0.7%

 |  By: Mike Opperman

Milk production in the 23 major milk producing states during April came in at 17.3 billion pounds, up just 0.7% from April 2017. That's down from March production, which USDA revised to 17.8 billion pounds.

While production increased, it was the lowest year-over-year increase in 2018.

Production results for certain states include:

  • California: +0.4%
  • Kansas: +5.1%
  • Michigan: -1.4%
  • Minnesota: -2.2%
  • New York: -2.4%
  • Pennsylvania: -1.7%
  • Wisconsin: -0.6%

Most of the production drop off has come from the Midwest and Northeast, where a number of dairies have gone out of business in recent months. 

Production per cow averaged 1,982 for Apirl, 10 pounds higher than a year ago. USDA says this is the highest production per cow for April since the data series began in 2003. 

Results on cow numbers were mixed. There are 8,000 more cows being milked than April 2017, but 2,000 less than March of this year.