Milk production up 1.6 percent in June

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This past June, milk production up by a significant amount compared to the same month a year ago.

According to the USDA “Milk Production” report released on July 19, milk production in the top 23 dairy states was up 1.6 percent — 15.8 billion pounds in June 2013 compared to 15.54 billion pounds in June 2012.

Across the entire U.S., milk production was up 1.5 percent.

Dave Kurzawski, dairy analyst for FCStone in Chicago, termed the report “slightly bearish,” since milk production was slightly higher than expected.

Increases were most pronounced in the Midwest, with Kansas up 9.4 percent, Indiana up 5.8 percent, and Iowa up 4.5 percent. California, the No. 1 milk-producing state, was down 0.8 percent in June compared to the same month a year before.

This is an abbreviated milk production report from the USDA. Initially, the USDA suspended the report and several others in the wake of the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. However, the department reversed its decision and announced that it would provide partial milk production estimates through September.

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