Milk production report called ‘very bearish’

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Milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 15.8 billion pounds in January, up 3.7 percent from the same month a year earlier.

And, according to the USDA’s Milk Production report released on Feb. 17, milk production across all 50 states was up 3.4 percent from January 2011.

Dave Kurzawski, market analyst with FC Stone/Downes-O’Neill, calls the report “very bearish.”

“Mild temperatures and relatively dry weather have led to unseasonably strong milk production,” he said. “Total milk production was stronger than anticipated once again due to an increase in both cow numbers and milk per cow.”

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,857 pounds in January, an increase of 46 pounds from January 2011.

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