Milk production just keeps on chugging along.
During December, the top 23 dairy states pumped out 13.6 billion pounds of milk — up 4.2 percent versus a year ago, according to the December “Milk Production” report, released Jan. 18.
Milk production per cow was the driving force behind the 4-percent-plus gain. In the top 23 dairy states, milk per cow was up 3.4 percent in December versus a year ago. Per-cow output averaged 1,665 pounds for the month, or about 54 pounds per cow per day. The monthly average also represents a gain of 55 pounds versus December 2004. The table at right shows milk production per cow in each of the top 23 dairy states during December versus a year ago.
Meanwhile, the 23-state cow herd grew 0.8 percent during December versus a year ago. Cow numbers in the top 23 states totaled 8.16 million head — 67,000 head more than December 2004 and 4,000 head more than November 2005.
Three of the top 23 dairy states posted total milk-output gains in excess of 10 percent. Total milk output grew 13.8 percent in
Four of the top 23 states posted losses.
The USDA report also included fourth quarter 2005 milk production.
The USDA made a 1-million-pound downward revision to the November 23-state milk production. However, production still stands 4.6 percent higher than in November 2004.