December milk production in the 23 major states totaled 14.6 billion lbs., down 0.8% from December 2008. November revised production, at 14.0 billion lbs., was down 0.8% from November 2008. The November revision represented an increase of 24 million lbs. or 0.2% from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.31 million head, 206,000 head less than December 2008, and unchanged from November 2009. Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,758 lbs. for December, 29 lbs. more than December 2008.
Total U.S. milk production in December was estimated at 15.8 billion lbs., down 0.9% from December 2008. Total U.S. cows were estimated at 9.1 million head, 252,000 head less than December 2008, and down 3,000 from November 2009. Production per cow was estimated at 1,735 lbs. for December, 32 lbs. more than December 2008.
October-December milk production down 1.0%
Milk production in the U.S. during the October-December quarter totaled 46.2 billion lbs., down 1.0% from the same period in 2008. The average number of milk cows in the U.S. during the quarter was 9.09 million head, 243,000 head less than the same period last year.
Preliminary annual milk production lower
With December’s preliminary estimates, 2009 milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 185.3 billion lbs., 0.3% less than 2008. There were an average of 8.4 million cows in those states in 2009, about 86,000 fewer than 2008; milk production per cow increased 141 lbs, to average 20,845 lbs. on 2009.
With December’s preliminary estimates, 2009 total U.S. milk production was estimated at 189.3 billion lbs., 0.4% less than 2008. There were an average of 9.2 million cows in 2009, 115,000 fewer than 2008; milk production per cow increased 186 lbs, to average 20,582 lbs. on 2009.