USDA: December Milk Production Down 0.8 Percent

January 19, 2010 08:53 AM

Milk production in the nation's 23 major dairy-producing states during December 2009 totaled 14.6 billion pounds, down 0.8% from December 2008, USDA reported today.


November revised production, at 14.0 billion pounds, was down 0.8% from November 2008. The November revision represented an increase of 24 million pounds, or 0.2%, from last month's preliminary production estimate.


Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,758 pounds for December, 29 pounds above December 2008.


The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.31 million head, 206,000 head less than December 2008, and unchanged from November 2009.


Initial reaction to the report is neutral, say market analysts Eric Meyer and Dave Kurzawski, both with Downes-O'Neill, a division of FC Stone.


Among major milk-producing states in December 2009, significant milk declines from year-earlier levels were seen in:


·         Arizona, down 10.9% to 335 million pounds

·         California, down 4.6% to 3.281 billion pounds

·         Colorado, down 11.1% to 224 million pounds

·         Kansas, down 5.1% to 205 million pounds

·         New Mexico, down 3.2% to 641 million pounds


Notable production increases were seen in:


·         Iowa, up 3.6% to 376 million pounds

·         Michigan, up 2.4% to 671 pounds

·         Minnesota, up 3.2% to 774 million pounds

·         Ohio, up 1.2% to 422 million pounds

·         Wisconsin, up 4.3% to 2.140 billion pounds


Read the USDA report at /files/mkpr0110.pdf.


Catherine Merlo is Western editor for Dairy Today. You can reach her at


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