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 July 2015 Milk Production Up 1.2%  

July milk production continued to slow in several western states, but those declines were more than offset by strong growth in the Upper Midwest, pushing national production higher.


Nationally, July 2015 milk production was estimated at 17.650 billion lbs., up just 1.2% from July 2014, according to USDA’s monthly report, released August 19th.  The number of milk cows was estimated at 9.322 million head, 54,000 head more than July 2014, and 1,000 head more than June 2015. Production per cow averaged 1,893 lbs. for July, 12 lbs. more July 2014.

July milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 16.581 billion lbs., up 1.2% from July 2014. June revised production, at 16.394 billion lbs., was up 0.9% from June 2014. The June revision represented an increase of 40.0 million lbs. (0.2%) from last month's preliminary production estimate.

July year-over-year milk production declines continued in California, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas. On a percentage basis, largest gains were in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

The number of milk cows in those states was 8.63 million head, 47,000 head more than July 2014, and 2,000 head more than June 2015. Compared to a year earlier, cow numbers were up in 12 states, led by Michigan (+15,000), South Dakota and Wisconsin (each +9,000), Idaho (+7,000) and Iowa and New York (+4,000).

Production per cow averaged 1,921 lbs. for July, 12 lbs. above July 2014. This is the highest production per cow for the month of July since the series began in 2003. Biggest year-to-year gains were in Wisconsin (+85 lbs.), Minnesota (+70 lbs.), Colorado (+60 lbs.) and South Dakota (+55 lbs.). Largest declines compared to a year earlier were in New Mexico (-95 lbs.) and California (-65 lbs.).

Dave Kurzawski, FCStone, called the report bearish vs. market expectations.

 To read the full monthly USDA Milk Production report, click here.


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