For the eighth month in a row, milk production declined in the top 20 dairy states, according to the USDA’s 20-state milk production report released today. July milk totaled 12.1 billion pounds, down 1.2 percent from July 2000.

Meanwhile, June revised production was 12.1 billion pounds, a decrease of 0.2 percent from June 2000.

Compared to last year, Idaho, New Mexico and Indiana saw increases in milk production during July — up 7.7 percent, 8.7 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively. However, Missouri, Texas and Iowa saw the biggest declines — down 17.2 percent, 9.5 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively.

Cow numbers were reported at 7.75 million head, a decrease of 72,000 head from last July, but unchanged from June 2001.

Milk production per cow averaged 1,555 pounds per cow for the month — about 51.8 pounds per cow per day. That’s 6 pounds less per cow per day compared to the same time last year.