According to USDA’s “Milk Production” report released this afternoon, milk production in the 23 major states during January totaled 14.8 billion pounds, down 0.6 percent from January 2009.

At the same time, production per cow continues to climb. Cows in the 23 major states averaged 1,782 pounds for January, 30 pounds above January 2009.

Meanwhile, December revised production was revised to 14.6 billion pounds, or down 0.7 percent from December 2008. The December revision represented an increase of 18 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate. 

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.32 million head, 191,000 head less than January 2009, but 4,000 head more than December 2009.

Final 2009 tallies
The final 2009 milk production figures were also released. They show that annual milk production was down 0.3 percent from 2008

The annual production of milk for the U.S. during 2009 was 189 billion pounds, 0.3 percent below 2008. Revisions to 2008 production decreased the annual total 10 million pounds.  Revised 2009 production was up 61 million pounds from last month's publication.

Production per cow in the U.S. averaged 20,576 pounds for 2009, 181 pounds above 2008. The average annual rate of milk production per cow has increased 13.1 percent from 2000.

The average number of milk cows on farms in the U.S. during 2009 was 9.20 million head, down 1.2 percent from 2008. There was no revision to the average number of milk cows for 2008.

Source: USDA