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Milk production fractionally lower in May

Milk production during May was down on the year with a smaller herd canceling out a rise in average yield. The USDA says milk production in the top 24 dairy states was 18.841 billion pounds, 0.6% less than in May 2021. The average yield was 2,114 pounds per cow, 8 pounds above last year, with a dairy herd of 8.912 million head, a decrease of 84,000 head. California claimed the top slots for production and yield, followed by Wisconsin, while Michigan had the largest herd.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Illinois: Production: 154 million pounds, down 1.9% from May 2021; Yield: 1,930 pounds per cow, 40 more than a year ago; Herd: 80,000 head, 3,000 lower than last year

Indiana: Production: 385 million pounds, down 4.2% from May 2021; Yield: 2,060 pounds per cow, 10 more than a year ago; Herd: 187,000 head, 9,000 lower than last year

Iowa: Production: 493 million pounds, up 3.1% from May 2021; Yield: 2,125 pounds per cow, 30 more than a year ago; Herd: 232,000 head, 4,000 higher than last year

Kansas: Production: 356 million pounds, down 0.3% from May 2021; Yield: 2,070 pounds per cow, 30 more than a year ago; Herd: 172,000 head, 3,000 lower than last year

Michigan: Production: 1.021 billion pounds, down 1.7% from May 2021; Yield: 2,390 pounds per cow, 55 pounds more than a year ago; Herd: 427,000 head, 18,000 lower than last year

Minnesota: Production: 897 million pounds, down 1% from May 2021; Yield: 1,980 pounds per cow, 20 more than a year ago; Herd: 453,000 head, 18,000 lower than last year

Ohio: Production: 482 million pounds, down 1.8% from May 2021; Yield: 1,920 pounds, 30 more than a year ago; Herd: 251,000 head, 9,000 lower than last year

South Dakota: Production: 348 million pounds, up 15.2% from May 2021; Yield: 1,965 pounds per cow, 5 more than a year ago; Herd: 177,000 head, 23,000 higher than last year

Wisconsin: Production: 2.756 billion pounds, up 0.8% from May 2021; Yield: 2,165 pounds per cow, 20 more than a year ago; Herd: 1.273 million head, 1,000 lower than last year

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