USDA: July Milk Production Up 0.8% Over Year-Earlier Level

August 18, 2011 11:41 AM

Western states, Florida and Texas led with increased input, while extreme heat curbed Midwest production.   

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Led by higher output in several Western states as well as Florida and Texas, July’s U.S. milk production rose 0.8% over year-earlier levels, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported today
July’s milk production totaled 15.4 billion pounds. Production per cow averaged 1,824 pounds for July, 5 pounds below July 2010 levels.
The number of milk cows rose to 8.47 million head, 93,000 more than year-earlier levels and 8,000 head more than June 2011, NASS said.
Extreme heat helped drive down Midwest milk production last month. Decreases were seen in:
·         Illinois -5%
·         Indiana -1.4%
·         Iowa -7.1%
·         Michigan -1.5%
·         Minnesota -6.6%
·         Wisconsin -3.5%
California increased its output by 4.4% for July, boosting its milk production to 3.550 billion pounds for the month.
Idaho’s milk production climbed by 4.8% to 1.193 billion pounds for July. Florida dairies grew their production by 8.0% to 190 million pounds. Despite a scorching summer, Texas expanded its milk output by 8.3% over year-earlier levels, to 798 million pounds.

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