September Milk Production Slows, Up Just 1.1%
USDA reported late last week that September milk production was up just 1.1%, the smallest increase all year if you ignore February. (February 2016 was a leap year, so this year’s February milk production was reported to be down 1.3%, but on a daily basis was actually up 2%.)
Estimated U.S. cow numbers also dipped slightly in September, down 4,000 head but still remain at 9.4 million. This is the fifth consecutive month of cow numbers at or above the 9.4 million level.
California again reported a drop in milk production, down 3.4%. Cow numbers in the Golden State dipped to an estimated 1.746 million head, or 12,000 head fewer than a year ago.
Four states reported milk production up at least 5%: Texas, 10%; Colorado, 7.4%; Utah, 6.9%, and Kansas, 5.2%. Three states were up at least 4%: Iowa, 4.5%, South Dakota, 4.3% and New Mexico, 4%.
The other three top five states all reported little or no change: Wisconsin, +0.8%; New York, -0.4%, and Idaho, 0.2%.
Read the full report here.