The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that July milk production was up 1.1% in the country, and up 1.2% in the top 23 dairy states.
While milk production is up 93 million pounds in the first seven months of the year, the percentage increase is barely perceptible, up 0.07%. Year-to-date, production totals just over 119 billion pounds.
Milk production declined in most major western states: California, down 3.5%; Arizona, down 2%; Idaho, down 1.1%, and Oregon, down 0.9%. Washington state was up 3.8%, and New Mexico was up 1.9%.
In the other major producing states, Wisconsin was up 2.9%, New York, +1.1%, Pennsylvania +1.2%, Texas, +5.3% and Minnesota, +2.9%.
On a percentage basis, the top increases came in Kansas, +10.8%, Iowa, +8.6% and Indiana, +7.6%.
Because of Federal budget sequestration, the National Agricultural Statistics Service did not conduct farm surveys. Thus, there again were no cow number or milk per cow data available.
You can read the full report here.