The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that milk production was up 0.9% in the country in June, slowing the torrid pace of increases from the first five months of the year.
First-quarter production grew at an astounding 5.2% while the preliminary April through June numbers saw a 2% increase. May milk production was up 2%.
Four states—Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Utah—all saw production jump at least 5% in June. Combined, they produced 53 million more pounds of milk than last June. But Wisconsin, up 2.5% from a year ago, was also up 55 million lb. California, with some co-ops imposed production caps, saw June milk grow just 0.3% (but still nearly 500,000 lb. per day).
Five states among the top 23 milk producing states showed declines in June from the previous year: Iowa, -1.4%; Minnesota, -0.3%; New Mexico, -1.9%; Pennsylvania, -1.9%, and Texas, -2.2%.
Milk cow numbers are running 45,000 head above last year. But they are down 19,000 head from May and 30,000 head from April, which was the peak month in terms of cow numbers so far in 2012.
Read the June milk production report here.