USDA reported this afternoon that September milk production fell just 0.7%, both in the 23 major dairy states and the country as a whole. Cow numbers are down 197,000 head from a year ago, and 36,000 head from August. The latter decline is partially reflective of the second 2009 Cooperatives Working Together round of culling, which was just completed.
Western states took the biggest hits both in production and cow numbers. California was down 6.4% in milk production compared to a year ago, and was milking 73,000 fewer cows than in August. Arizona was down 10.8% in production, Colorado, 7.1%. Idaho was also down 2.3%, and New Mexico, -0.3%--despite the fact it was milking 5.4% fewer cows.
Good cow milking weather continued in the Midwest, with Wisconsin up 5.2% in milk and 5,000 in cow numbers. Indiana was up 5.8%; Illinois, +4.1%; Minnesota, +3.9%, and Michigan, 3.7%.