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 December U.S. Milk Production Up 3.2%  

Nationally, December milk production was estimated at 17.32 billion lbs., up 3.2% from December 2013, according to USDA’s monthly report, released January 22, 2015.

U.S. cow numbers were estimated at 9.302 million head, 100,000 head more than December 2013, and 22,000 head more than November 2014. Production per cow averaged 1,862 lbs. for December 2014, 37 lbs. more than December 2013.


December milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 16.24 billion lbs., up 3.2% from December 2013. Cow numbers in those states was estimated at 8.611 million head, 107,000 head more than December 2013, and 16,000 head more than November 2014. Production per cow averaged 1,886 lbs. for December, 35 lbs. more than December 2013. This is the highest production per cow for the month of December since the 23-state series began in 2003.


Sixteen states reported increases in cow numbers compared to a year ago, with largest year-to-year increases in Texas (+30,000); Michigan (+22,000); Idaho (+14,000); Washington (+11,000); Kansas (+7,000); and Colorado (+5,000). Only three states posted declines in cow numbers, led by Illinois (-2,000); and California and Virginia (-1,000 each). Cow numbers in Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Vermont were unchanged.


Utah, New York and Iowa led all states in the increase in milk production per cow compared to the same month a year earlier.


November major state revised production, at 15.53 billion lbs., was up 3.5% from November 2013. The November revision represented an increase of 12 million lbs. (0.1%) from last month's preliminary production estimate.


Quarterly, annual estimates
With December’s estimates we can get a preliminary look at quarterly and annual milk production totals.


Nationally, milk production during the October-December quarter of 2014 totaled 50.9 billion lbs., up 3.4% from the same quarter last year. The average number of milk cows during the quarter was 9.28 million head, 16,000 head more than the July–September 2014 quarter, and 83,000 head more than the same period last year.


And finally, looking at full-year 2014, milk production was estimated at 205.99 billion lbs., up 2.5% from 2013’s total of 201.22 billion lbs. The average number of milk cows during the year was 9.255 million head, 34,000 head more than the 2013. Milk per cow averaged 22,258 lbs., up 436 lbs. from the year before.

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Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (Archive on Friday, January 30, 2015)
Posted by bholcomb@adpi.org  Contributed by bholcomb@adpi.org
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