August milk production up 2.2 percent

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August milk production in the 23 major states totaled 15.3 billion pounds, up 2.2 percent from August 2010, according to USDA’s “Milk Production” report released on Sept. 19.

Across all 50 states, milk production was up 2.1 percent.

The hot weather didn’t take too much of a toll on milk production during August. Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,810 pounds for the month, 18 pounds above August 2010. Even in Texas, where severe heat and drought gripped the state, milk production was up a whopping 11.1 percent in August. In California, the No. 1 milk-producing state, production was up 2.9 percent.

Meanwhile, the national dairy herd continues to increase. According to the report, the number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.47 million head, 102,000 head more than August 2010, and 3,000 head more than July 2011.

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