USDA says milk production rose in October

The USDA says milk production rose again in October.  The Agricultural Statistics Service says October milk production totaled 18.1 billion pounds, up 1.4% from a year ago.

USDA also revised the September milk production figures down by 13 million pounds or a tenth of a percent.

Production per cow in the 24 major dairy states averaged 2,021 pounds in October.  That’s 18 pounds per cow higher than a year ago.

The number of milk cows on U.S. farms during October was 9.42 million head.  That’s 31 thousand head more than last October and one thousand head more than last month.

USDA data shows the cow population usually peaks in May.  Wisconsin has the most milk cows with 1.27 million cows.  Michigan continues to have the highest average production per cow with 23 hundred pounds followed by Colorado (2,175), Idaho (2,125), Texas (2,150), and Wisconsin (2,100). 

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