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USDA’s monthly Milk Production report is back

USDA’s monthly Milk Production report is back
September milk production in the top 23 states totaled 14.8 billion lbs., up 1.1% from September 2012, according to preliminary data in USDA’s latest Milk Production report, issued Nov. 1. This is the first report to again include milk cow numbers and output per cow since the sequester. Output in the 50 states totaled 15.8 billion lbs., up 1% from a year ago. Revisions lowered the original August total to 15.7 billion lbs., up 2.5% from August 2012.
September cow numbers totaled 8.51 million head, down 19,000 from August, but 33,000 more than September 2012. Output per cow averaged 1,741 lbs., up 12 lbs. from a year ago.
Comparing September 2013 to a year earlier, the biggest year-to-year milk production increase was seen in Florida, up 7.1%, followed by Kansas at 5.9%, and Iowa at 5.5%. Idaho recorded the biggest decline, down 1.5%, followed by New Mexico, off 1.4%, and Missouri, off 1%.
California output was up just 0.4%, with cow numbers up 1,000 head and output per cow was up 5 lbs. Wisconsin saw a 1% milk production increase, thanks to a 15-lb. per cow gain and 1,000 more cows.
Idaho milk production was down 1.5%, on 9,000 fewer cows. New York saw a 1.8% increase, thanks to a 30-lb. gain per cow. Pennsylvania was up 1.5%, on a 25-lb. gain per cow, although cow numbers were down 1,000. Minnesota was unchanged in milk output, cow numbers and output per cow.
Michigan was up 3.4% on a 30-lb. gain per cow and 7,000 more cows. Texas was up 1.4%, with a 7,000-cow increase offsetting a 5-lb. per cow output decline. Washington was up 1.6% on the strength of 4,000 more cows, but output per cow was unchanged from a year ago.
July-September 2013 quarterly milk production was estimated at 49.4 billion lbs., up 1.5% from a year ago. The average number of milk cows during the quarter was 9.23 million head, up 16,000 from the same period last year.