Released April 29, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Milk production increased 0.3 percent in 2013 to 201 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 21,822 pounds, was 102 pounds above 2012. The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.22 million head, down 12,000 head from 2012.
Cash receipts from marketings of milk during 2013 totaled $40.3 billion, 8.7 percent higher than 2012. Producer returns averaged $20.12 per hundredweight, 8.4 percent above 2012. Marketings totaled 200.2 billion pounds, 0.3 percent above 2012. Marketings include whole milk sold to plants and dealers and milk sold directly to consumers.
An estimated 980 million pounds of milk were used on farms where produced, 2.4 percent more than 2012. Calves were fed 90 percent of this milk, with the remainder consumed in producer households.
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