U.S. milk production climbed 3% in June over last year, USDA reports this afternoon. For the country, cow numbers were up 133,000 head over last June, but remained unchanged from May 2008. (The 23 major dairy states actually added 158,000 cows over last June, meaning the rest of the country actually reduced its cow numbers.)
Big gainers in milk production were Texas, +16.3%; New Mexico, +10.2%, Idaho, +8.4%, Kansas, +8.3% and Colorado, +7.4. California pumped out 78 million lb. more milk than last year (2.3%), with cow numbers up 37,000 from last June. But California cow numbers remained unchanged from May.