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 February Milk Production Up 1.7%  

Nationally, February 2015 milk production was estimated at 16.17 billion lbs., up 1.7% from February 2014, according to USDA’s monthly report, released March 19. 

 

U.S. cow numbers were estimated at 9.312 million head, 100,000 head more than February 2014, and 3,000 head more than January 2015. Production per cow averaged 1,736 lbs. for February 2015, just 9 lbs. more than February 2014.


Major Dairy States
February milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 15.15 billion lbs., also up 1.7% from February 2014.
The number of milk cows in the 23 major states was 8.622 million head, 106,000 head more than February 2014, and 2,000 head more than January 2015. Production per cow in those states averaged 1,757 lbs. for February, 8 lbs. more than February 2014. This is the highest production per cow for the month of February since the 23-state series began in 2003.


Nineteen of the 23 states saw an increase in production compared to a year ago. The largest milk producing state, California, again showed a sharp reduction in production with output down 3.8% from a year ago. But Wisconsin showed strong growth of 4.3%, while Idaho and New York showed more modest growth at .5% and 2.3% respectively.


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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 (Archive on Thursday, March 26, 2015)
Posted by bholcomb@adpi.org  Contributed by bholcomb@adpi.org
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