The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that July milk production was up 1.4%, continuing a trend that has run unabated all year.
Cow numbers were also up 18,000 head from a year ago and 2,000 head above June. Milk per cow was up as well, with production averaging 1,920 lb, up 1.2%.
California continued its 18-month downward spiral, however, with milk production off 0.8% from a year ago and cow numbers down 10,000 head. But the Number 2 dairy state, Wisconsin, reported a 2.1% increase in milk. Milk per cow in the Dairy State was up about 1 1/2 lb/day, but the total number of cows was off 2,000.
The torrid pace of milk production increases in both Michigan and South Dakota slowed somewhat. Michigan was up 4.5%; South Dakota, +5.9%.Despite widespread drought in New York, milk production there was up 4% and reported cow numbers were up 1,000. Ohio, also suffering through a drier-than-normal summer, saw July milk production up just 0.4%.
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July Dairy Production Numbers, Cattle on Feed Increase