Milk production appears to have no limits.
During January, the top 23 dairy states pumped out 14 billion pounds of milk — up a whopping 5.4 percent versus a year ago, according to the January “Milk Production” report, released Feb. 17.
Milk output per cow led the production gain — up 4.1 percent in the top 23 dairy states. Per-cow output averaged 1,711 pounds for the month, or about 55 pounds per cow per day. The monthly average also represents a gain of 68 pounds versus January 2005.
The 23-state cow herd also continued to grow — up 1.3 percent during January versus a year ago. Cow numbers in the top 23 states totaled 8.19 million head — 103,000 head more than January 2005 and 11,000 head more than December 2005.
Only three of the top 23 dairy states posted losses in total milk output during January. Those states were
Meanwhile, total milk output grew 15.8 percent in
The USDA report also included 2005 annual milk production.
Here are some other highlights from the report:
- Annual milk production in the
has increased 15 percent over the past 10 years. U.S.
- Annual milk output per cow has increased 19 percent over the past 10 years.
- Annual cow numbers have decreased 4 percent over the past 10 years.
- The average number of licensed dairy operations in the
was 64,555 in 2005, down from 66,825 in 2004. U.S.