The United States Department of Agriculture reported today that February milk production in the United States was up 1.7% compared to a year ago. Cow numbers jumped 3,000 head above January, and 100,000 above a year ago.
With everyone’s eyes on California and its continuing drought crisis, milk production in the Golden State declined 3.8% from a year ago. Cow numbers were down 2,000 head, and production per cow declined 70 lb.
The biggest gainer in the February report was South Dakota, up 9.6% in milk and 6,000 in cow numbers. The cow number gain represents a 6.3% jump.
Texas, however, is up 23,000 cows over a year ago, a 5.1% jump in cow numbers. Texas milk production is again up 4.2%.
Wisconsin also saw its cow numbers grow in February, up 6,000 head. But because the Dairy State is home to 1.276 million cows, that’s just a 0.5% gain. Wisconsin milk production was up 4.3% in February.
Read the full report here.