April Milk Production up 1.2 Percent

Randall Weiseman Cattle, Dairy, Livestock

dairy cows in milking parlorThe monthly USDA milk production report finds production for April was 1.2 percent higher compared to the same period last year. Milk production in the 23 major milk producing states during April totaled roughly 18 billion pounds.

USDA also revised the March production to 17.2 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent from March of 2015. The March revision represents an increase of seven million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.65 million head, 21,000 head more than April of 2015, and 4,000 head more than March of this year. USDA also says production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,900 some pounds for April, the highest production per cow for the month of April since the 23 state report began in 2003.