It was full speed ahead for milk production in April. Output in the top 23 milk-producing states was up 1.6 percent versus a year ago, according to the USDA’s “Milk Production” report.

The report, released May 18, showed a 23-state milk output of 14.4 billion pounds in April. It also included a modest revision in March milk output, increasing it 0.1 percent so it now stands 1.2 percent higher than March 2006.

Milk production per cow in the top 23 states grew 19 pounds on a year-over-year basis. Output per cow averaged 1,745 pounds, or about 58 pounds per cow per day. 

Milk-cow numbers also grew in April. The 23-state herd saw a year-over-year gain of 39,000 head, which puts it at 8.28 million head. Meanwhile, cow numbers slipped lower on a month-to-month basis. The 23-state herd posted a 6,000 head loss versus March.

The number of states posting gains in milk output improved in April versus March. Twelve of the top 23 states saw year-over-year gains in milk output. March saw 10 of the top 23 states post gains. To see how milk output faired in each of the top 23 states, see the chart below.

April milk production (Top 23 dairy states)

 

2006

2007

% change

 

(million

pounds)

 

Calif.

3,309

3,450

   4.3

Wis.

1,961

2,012

   2.6

N.Y.

1.024

1,006

-1.8

Idaho

884

931

5.3

Pa.

919

930

1.2

Minn.

709

728

2.7

Texas

634

645

1.7

Mich.

588

622

5.8

N.M.

655

600

-8.4

Wash.

462

456

-1.3

Ohio

418

424

1.4

Ariz.

369

382

3.5

Iowa

352

365

3.7

Ind.

283

290

2.5

Colo.

206

215

4.4

Vt.

223

209

-6.3

Fla.

205

200

-2.4

Kan.

203

192

-5.4

Ore.

192

190

-1.0

Ill.

170

169

-0.6

Mo.

174

159

-8.6

Va.

160

153

-4.4

Ky.

122

115

-5.7

USDA

 

USDA