Milk production in the United States totaled 17.19 billion pounds in April, up 3.2 percent from April of last year. Production per cow increased 40 pounds to1, 854 and the dairy herd increased 90,000 cows to 9.272 million head. The 3.2 percent increase is actually the smallest year-over-year increase this year. Production in the first three months increased 5.2 percent.
Milk production in the 23 major dairy states increased 3.3 percent in April to 16 billion pounds. Production per cow in those states averaged 1,875 up 40 pounds from a year ago while the number of dairy cows increased 94,000 to 8.53 million head. That is 4,000 more than a month ago.
California milk production increased 3.1 percent in April to 3.62 billion pounds. The Golden State added 23,000 cows to make the herd 1,787 million head and production per cow increased 35 pounds to average 2,030.
Wisconsin milk production in April was up 3.5 percent from a year ago to 2.267 billion pounds. The Badger State added 4,000 cows to make the herd 1.27 million head and production per cow increased 55 pounds to 1,785.
New York saw a 3.6 percent increase in milk production in April taking production to 1.12 billion pounds pushing it past Idaho into the number-3 spot. Idaho saw a 2.9 percent increase to 1.1 billion pounds. Pennsylvania production decreased 1 percent from a year ago to 918 million pounds. Production per cow held steady in the Keystone State but the dairy herd declined by 5,000 head.
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