Cooler-than-normal weather in much of the country this past May appears to have benefited milk production.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, milk production in top 23 dairy states increased 0.9 percent in May compared to the same month a year ago. Across the entire U.S., production was up 0.8 percent.
Increases were most pronounced in the Midwest. For example, Kansas was up 8.1 percent; Indiana, 5.2 percent, and Iowa, 2.9 percent.
California, the nation’s No. 1 milk-producing state, was down 0.5 percent.
“We would term this report as generally neutral to slightly bearish versus our pre-report expectations,” says dairy analyst Dave Kurzawski, with FCStone in Chicago. “More milk was made than we expected, but in the larger picture this has been simply a lackluster milk flush.”
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.