June milk production down slightly

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Milk production in the 23 major dairy states during June totaled 14.7 billion pounds, down 0.1 percent from June 2008, according to the Milk Production Report released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service this afternoon. But, milk production per cow came in at 1,746 pounds, up 10 pounds from June 2008 levels.

May 2009 production was revised at 15.5 billion pounds, an increase of 0.5 percent from May 2008. The revision represented an increase of 46 million pounds, or 0.3 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major dairy states was 8.44 million head in June 2009, 56,000 head less than June 2008 and 29,000 head less than May 2009.

Meanwhile, U.S. milk production during the April through June quarter totaled 48.8 billion pounds, up 0.1 percent from the same period in 2008.

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