By Dave Natzke
Regional trends continued, and year-over-year U.S. milk production growth was again less than 1.0% in November, according to USDA’s monthly report, released Dec. 18. Even a small increase, however, is seen as mostly bearish to markets under pressure from large dairy product supplies.
Nationally, November milk production was estimated at 16,643 billion lbs., up 0.6% from November 2014. The number of milk cows was estimated at 9.313 million head, 29,000 head more than November 2014, but unchanged from October 2015. Production per cow averaged 1,787 lbs., up 4 lbs. from the same month a year earlier.
23 major dairy states
November 2015 milk production in the 23 major states totaled 15.616 billion lbs., also up 0.6% from November 2014. Cow numbers in those states were estimated at 8.635 million head, 37,000 head more than November 2014, but unchanged from October 2015. Production per cowaveraged 1,808 lbs. for November, 2 lbs. more than November 2014. This is the highest production per cow for the month of November since the series began in 2003.
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