September may have been a one-hit wonder.
After all of the problems that dairy producers had last year with drought and high feed cost, it seemed there would be a few months, at least, where milk production declined by a significant amount. But the latest numbers show November milk production in the top 23 dairy states was up 1.1 percent from the same month a year earlier. August and October were tied with their respective months in 2011. September was down 0.6 percent.
Across all 50 states, production was up 1.0 percent in November, according to the “Milk Production” report released Dec. 19 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Production per cow appears to be the main reason, increasing 19 pounds in the top 23 dairy states during November, as compared to November 2011.
There were actually 3,000 fewer dairy cows in the top 23 states over that same time span.
Colorado and Kansas had the biggest increases in November, jumping 6.5 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively. New Mexico had a decline of 4 percent.