Dairy producers have not yet responded to low milk prices and rising feed cost, at least not according to the August “Milk Production” report.

Milk production in the top-20 dairy states totaled 12.2 billion pounds during August — a 3.8-percent jump above year-ago levels.

The USDA also revised July milk production, increasing it 1 million pounds from last month’s preliminary estimate. July revised milk production now stands at 12.3 billion pounds — 2.3 percent above July 2001.

Milk output per cow averaged 1,568 pounds for the month, or about 52 pounds per cow per day. The monthly average also represents an increase of 48 pounds compared to August 2001.

All but two states saw gains in milk production during August. Among the top-20 states, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas led the nation in milk production gains — climbing 24.9 percent, 13.5 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, Kentucky and Minnesota were the only two states to suffer declines in milk output during August — down 2.3 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.

Cow numbers also show no sign of slowing down. The 20-state cow herd totaled 7.79 million head during August — 3,000 head more than July and 51,000 head more than a year ago. August milk cow numbers for the top-20 dairy states are shown in the table below.