Correction: April, Y-T-D milk production up just 1.0%

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Nationally, April 2014 milk production was estimated at 17.43 billion lbs., up just 1.0% from April 2013, according to USDA’s monthly report, released May 19. Milk cow numbers were estimated at 9.23 million head, 10,000 head more than March 2014. Production per cow averaged 1,888 lbs. for April.

Due to last year's budget sequester, comparable April 2013 estimates for cows numbers and milk per cow were not available.

Market analysts varied somewhat on the report’s impact.

Dave Kurzawski, with FCStone, termed the report slightly bearish to neutral. He said USDA’s total milk production and milk production per cow estimates came in below market expectations, but that USDA’s 23-state cow numbers were higher than expected. Increasing cow numbers should mean stronger milk production in the coming months, he added.

Eric Meyer, from HighGround Dairy, called the report “slightly bullish” versus market expectations.

April milk production in the 23 major dairy states was estimated at 16.31 billion lbs., up just 1.2% from April 2013. March revised production, at 16.69 billion lbs., was up 1.1% from March 2013. The March revision represented an increase of 6 million lbs., or less than 0.1% from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Milk cow numbers in the 23 major states for April was 8.53 million head, 10,000 head more than March 2014. Production per cow in those states averaged 1,911 lbs. for April.

U.S. milk production during the January-April 2014 period totaled 68.49 billion lbs., up just 1.0% from the same period last year.

Milk production, U.S. and major dairy states, April 2013-2014

 

 

 

Total milk

 production

 

 

Cows

Milk per cow

April 2013

April 2014

Change

 

(1,000 head)

(Lbs./month)

(Million lbs.)

(Million lbs.)

2013-2014

Arizona

192

2,210

411

424

3.2

California

1,781

2,065

3,622

3,678

1.5

Colorado

143

2,055

271

294

8.5

Florida

123

1,830

220

225

2.3

Idaho

570

1,980

1,117

1,129

1.1

Illinois

95

1,710

166

162

-2.4

Indiana

177

1,870

328

331

0.9

Iowa

207

1,885

394

390

-1.0

Kansas

139

1,865

247

259

4.9

Michigan

383

2,050

765

785

2.6

Minnesota

459

1,640

774

753

-2.7

New Mexico

323

2,135

700

690

-1.4

New York

615

1,845

1,132

1,135

0.3

Ohio

267

1,710

473

457

-3.4

Oregon

125

1,785

213

223

4.7

Pennsylvania

531

1,705

904

905

0.1

South Dakota

96

1,780

163

171

4.9

Texas

447

1,985

816

887

8.7

Utah

95

1,830

170

174

2.4

Vermont

131

1,685

220

221

0.5

Virginia

93

1,660

153

154

0.7

Washington

270

2,055

537

555

3.4

Wisconsin

1,269

1,815

2,309

2,303

-0.3

23-State

8,531

1,911

16,105

16,305

1.2

U.S.

9,231

1,888

17,249

17,428

1.0

1/ Includes dry cows. Excludes heifers not yet fresh.

 

Source: USDA

 

 

 

 

 



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Harry Stugart    
May, 21, 2014 at 05:30 AM

The chart shows Pa up 4.9 which was actually up just .1%.


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