August milk production didn’t let the heat and humidity get it down. To the contrary, it soared 4.6 percent above year-ago levels in the top 23 dairy states — to 13.6 billion pounds, according to the August “Milk Production” report, released Sept. 16.

A robust 64-pound gain in milk production per cow and a 52,000-head gain in cow numbers versus a year ago were the driving forces behind higher production.

The USDA did very little in the way of revision to its July production figures. The agency decreased its preliminary production estimate for July by 6 million pounds. However, total milk output for July still stands at 13.7 billion pounds, or 4.2 percent above a year ago.

During August, milk output per cow in the top 23 states averaged 1,665 pounds — up 64 pounds versus a year ago. That also is about 54 pounds per cow per day.

Milk-cow numbers in the top 23 states advanced to 8.15 million head — topping August 2004 by 52,000 head. That also is 9,000 head more than July.

Six of the top 23 dairy states posted declines in total milk output during August. The greatest declines in total production were reported in Missouri and Kentucky — down 7.5 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively. Several states posted impressive gains. The top-three achievers were Idaho — up 13.4 percent, Texas — up 10.9 percent and Colorado — up 9.5 percent. Total milk production was up 4.6 percent in Wisconsin and 2.6 percent in California. The chart at right shows total milk production in each of the top 23 states during August.

August milk production
(Top 23 dairy states)

 

2004

2005

% change

 

(million

pounds)

 

Calif.

3,076

3,156

   2.6

Wis.

1,872

1,959

4.6

N.Y.

981

1,035

5.5

Idaho

797

904

13.4

Pa.

826

885

7.1

Minn.

670

685

2.2

N.M.

569

604

6.2

Mich.

532

568

6.8

Texas

469

520

10.9

Wash.

451

482

6.9

Ohio

380

394

3.7

Iowa

315

312

-1.0

Ariz.

279

287

2.9

Ind.

241

259

7.5

Vt.

217

222

2.3

Colo.

189

207

9.5

Ore.

194

192

-1.0

Kan.

184

189

2.7

Fla.

169

167

-1.2

Ill.

159

158

-0.6

Va.

139

144

3.6

Mo.

146

135

-7.5

Ky.

115

109

-5.2

USDA