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February milk production down 1% from year ago total

U.S. milk production in the top 23 states declined slightly in February 2017.

The USDA says monthly total of 15.654 billion pounds was down 1% from February 2016 with a lower average per cow yield, down 32 pounds to 1,801, cancelling out an increase in the U.S. herd, up 66,000 head to 8.694 million. If the February 2016 production total were adjusted for the Leap Year, the February 2017 total would be up 2.5% on the year.

California was the top producing state at 3.122 billion pounds with Wisconsin in second place at 2.323 billion pounds. Arizona had the highest per cow yield at 2,060 pounds, followed closely by Michigan at 2,020.

The USDA’s February production numbers for cheese, butter, and other dairy products are out April 5th.

February 2017 figures for the Brownfield states in the top 23:

Illinois: 152 million pounds, down 2.6% from February 2016; average production per cow of 1,630 pounds, down 30 from a year ago; herd of 93,000 head, 1,000 lower than last year

Indiana: 331 million pounds, down 0.9% from February 2016; average production per cow of 1,780 pounds, down 35 from a year ago; herd of 186,000 head, 2,000 higher than last year

Iowa: 399 million pounds, up 1% from February 2016; average production per cow of 1,845 pounds, down 25 from a year ago; herd of 216,000 head, 5,000 higher than last year

Michigan: 859 million pounds, up 1.2% from February 2016; average production per cow of 2,050 pounds, down 30 from a year ago; herd of 425,000 head, 11,000 higher than last year

Minnesota: 768 million pounds, down 0.6% from February 2016; average production per cow of 1,670 pounds, down 10 from a year ago; herd of 460,000 head, unchanged from last year

Ohio: 424 million pounds, down 2.8% from February 2016; average production per cow of 1,620 pounds, down 20 from a year ago; herd of 262,000 head, 4,000 lower than last year

South Dakota: 202 million pounds, up 1% from February 2016; average production per cow of 1,725 pounds, down 45 from a year ago; herd of 117,000 head, 4,000 higher than last year

Wisconsin: 2.323 billion pounds, down 2.1% from February 2016; average production per cow of 1,815 pounds, down 40 from a year ago; herd of 1.280 million head, unchanged from last year

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