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March milk production up 1.8% on year

The USDA says March milk production in the top 23 states was 17.524 billion pounds, up 1.8% on the year.

The average production per cow was a new monthly record at 2,012 pounds, 18 above last March, and the herd was up 72,000 head from a year ago at 8.709 million. U.S. milk production during the first quarter of 2017 was up 1% from the same period in 2016 at 53.540 million pounds. The top production state for March was California at 3.501 billion pounds, down 2.9% on the year, followed by Wisconsin at 2.598 billion. Arizona was the yield leader at 2,260 pounds, slightly ahead of Michigan’s 2,250.

March milk production, yield, and herd in listed Brownfield states:

Illinois: 170 million pounds, down 1.2% from 2016; per cow yield of 1,830 pounds, unchanged from a year ago; herd of 93,000 head, down 1,000 from last year

Indiana: 368 million pounds, up 1.9% from 2016; per cow yield of 1,980 pounds, up 20 from a year ago; herd of 186,000 head, up 2,000 from last year

Iowa: 444 million pounds, up 2.3% from 2016; per cow yield of 2,055 pounds, up 10 from a year ago; herd of 216,000 head, up 4,000 from last year

Michigan: 956 million pounds, up 3.5% from 2016; per cow yield of 2,250 pounds, up 30 from a year ago; herd of 425,000 head, up 9,000 from last year

Minnesota: 849 million pounds, up 1.9% from 2016; per cow yield of 1,850 pounds, up 40 from a year ago; herd of 459,000 head, down 1,000 from last year

Ohio: 481 million pounds, up 1.1% from 2016; per cow yield of 1,835 pounds, up 45 from a year ago; herd of 262,000 head, down 4,000 from last year

South Dakota: 223 million pounds, up 3.7% from 2016; per cow yield of 1,905 pounds, up 15 from a year ago; herd of 117,000 head, up 3,000 from last year

Wisconsin: 2.598 billion pounds, up 1.5% from 2016; per cow yield of 2,030 pounds, up 30 from a year ago; herd of 1.280 million head, unchanged from last year

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