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NASS to provide milk production estimates, but not cow numbers, milk per cow

Partial monthly U.S. milk production estimates will resume for the remainder of fiscal year 2013 (FY ’13), USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced. The monthly Milk Production report, which had suspended to meet budget sequestration requirements, will resume April 19.
NASS will not conduct two remaining quarterly milk producer surveys normally scheduled to obtain the information. Instead, NASS will use only various sources of administrative data to establish the monthly milk production estimates.
Therefore, dairy cow and milk per cow statistics that were provided in previous reports will not be available.  A scientifically based statistical survey will be necessary in the longer term, NASS said.
In addition, NASS will release the Annual Milk Production, Disposition and Income 2012 Summary report as scheduled on April 25. This report provides the annual number of milk cows, production per cow and production for the year at the state and national levels for 2011 and 2012.