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October 20, 2020

September Milk Production Up 2.3%

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture reported today that September milk production was up 2.3% in the country overall. Cow numbers were up an estimated 33,000 head over a year ago, and up 5,000 from August.

Milk production in the third quarter of 2020—July through September—was up 2%. Cow numbers in the quarter were up 39,000 head from a year ago, but down 1,000 from the second quarter of 2020.

California, the nation’s leading dairy state, was up 3.2% in milk production in September over last year, even though cow numbers were down 4,000. Wisconsin was up just 0.7% in milk production in September, with cows down 10,000 from a year ago.

The largest percentage gain in milk production came from South Dakota, up 12.3% with cow numbers up 13,000 over a year ago. Indiana saw a 9% surge in milk output, with cow numbers up 10,000 head. Colorado was up 7.8% in milk production, with cow numbers also up 10,000.

The largest decline in September milk production came in Vermont, down 5.5% with cow numbers down 5,000. Florida milk production was off 3.7% in September, with cow numbers there down 5,000.

Read USDA’s full October milk production report here.