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May Milk Output Up 1.5%

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May Milk Production Up 1.5% / Sequester Still Skewing Data
   The Agriculture Department’s preliminary data issued this afternoon in its latest Milk Production report, shows May milk output in the top 23 producing states at 16.9 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent from May 2013. The 50-state total, at 18.06 billion pounds, was up 1.4 percent from a year ago. HighGround Dairy’s Eric Meyer called the report “slightly bearish to expectations at first glance.”
   Revisions added 27 million pounds to the original April 23-state estimate, now reported at 16.3 billion pounds, up 1.4 percent from a year ago.
   May cow numbers in the 23 states, at 8.55 million head, were up 10,000 from April. Year ago data was not available due to the Sequester.
   May output per cow in the 23 states averaged 1,976 pounds, up from 1,911 pounds in April but is the highest production per cow for the month of May since the 23 State series began in 2003. Again, year ago data was not available due to the Sequester.
   Selected state data is posted below:

State          Cow #s                        Milk lbs./Cow        State Change vs.’13
Arizona       192,000                       2,225                      +3.9%
California    1.78 mil                        2,110                     +1.0%
Idaho          572,000                        2,070                     +0.5%
Mich.          384,000                        2,145                      +3.3%
Minn.          460,000                        1,710                      -0.1%
N Mex.        323,000                       2,240                      +1.4%
New York    615,000                       1,935                      -0.3%
Penn.          530,000                       1,750                      -1.4%
Texas          460,000                       2,010                     +10.1%
Wash.          273,000                       2,100                     +2.7%
Wisconsin    1.269 mil                     1,880                     Unchanged


 

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