U.S. Milk Production Up 1.2% in July


The United States Department of Agriculture reports that July milk production in the United States increased 1.2% in July, reversing a trend a decreasing monthly increases.  

Monthly milk production increases exceeded 1% through May but were declining. June milk was up just 0.9%.

“In the grand scheme of things, 1.2% growth is rather uneventful – maybe even a little light.  But we’ve got more milk (and cows) than we were looking for and prices have already been up all week,” says Dave Kurzawski, a dairy analyst with FCStone, LLC. “All this may lead to a cooling of the recent upside price momentum we’ve seen in dairy.  But that may be limited – particularly with the recent strength in butter/powder.

Cow numbers also were up 1,000 head over July, and 54,000 head over a year ago. Since the beginning of the year, cow numbers are up 18,000 head, with the U.S. dairy herd now totaling 9.322 million cows. 

California was among the major western dairy states showing a production decline, down 3.3% from a year ago. But USDA says California cow numbers are down just a 1,000 head. Milk per cow in the Golden State was down 35 lb./cow/day , or roughly one pound per day.

New Mexico was down 4.2% in milk production, though cow numbers held steady. Texas production was off slightly, 1.2%. Cow numbers in Texas were down 8,000 head.  

The biggest year-over-year gain, in terms of percentage was South Dakota, up 12.3% over last July. Cow numbers in South Dakota were up 9,000 head. Michigan was up 6.3%, and cow numbers there were up 15,000 head.

Production is also going gang-busters in Wisconsin, up 5.3%, and Minnesota, up 4.2%. 

Read the full July milk production report here


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Susan Flint
Jasper, NY
8/24/2015 09:57 AM

  WE was forced to sell our cows. 110 head was sending 11,000 lbs. every other day. Milk inspector said our bacteria was high. Yet the figured doesn't show it. We dumped milk from July 27th till August 8th. When we tried to get into another market we were black balled to going any where else. We have been milking for 42 years. My husband is 63 years old and we still had debt to pay. So now what happens to us if we don't pay our mortgage we loose our place. We had 5 years left. But yet they give the big farmers more money to put on cows and the hell with the family farms. They say there is too much milk out there and who controls it is DFA and DMS why they have so much control. You get taxed if milk is being dump. Where is the justice in all of this? We went to our congressman Tom O'Mara and Congress Reed and they can't help us so where do we go from here. WE are just sick our whole lives turned upside down because of a pencil. I need to ask our milk inspector where was his help he sure ever did try to find where the problem was just blame on somebody else. Ask our milk truck drivers No milk had to be dumped because of us. Can you figure this out for us. We are just little pee ons that they can tell what to do and we have no choice but to do it.


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