October milk production increasing along with cowherd

Milk production during October was up slightly on the year and the month.

USDA says production in the U.S. was up slightly more than one percent compared last year at 18.1 billion pounds with production per cow up 33 pounds. 

The herd size was down 40,000 milking cows from last October but up 5,000 from the prior month.

Michigan continues to have the most productive cows in the nation. Virginia and Arizona had the largest decrease in milk production again during October; Colorado and Texas again had the largest increases. 

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