Milk output and cow numbers are up on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis.

In October, milk production was up 2.1 percent in the top 23 dairy states versus a year ago, according to the USDA’s “Milk Production” report released Nov. 17. That increase puts output at 13.7 billion pounds for the month. September output, revised down 6 million pounds, was up 2 percent versus a year ago.

Output per cow in the top 23 states averaged 1,656 pounds for October, or about 53 pounds per cow per day. Monthly output per cow is up 19 pounds versus October 2005. That also is 41 pounds more per cow per month versus the September monthly output.

The 23-state cow herd totaled 8.25 million head in October. That’s 78,000 head more than October 2005 and 2,000 head more than September. The chart shows milk-cow numbers in each of the top 23 states during October versus a year ago.

The largest gains in milk production occurred in Texas and Colorado, up 9.1 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively. The largest declines were seen in Virginia and Florida, down 3.5 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.

To read the entire report, go to: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1103

October milk cows (Top 23 dairy states)

 

2005

2006

% change

 

(1,000

head)

 

Calif.

1,765

1,776

0.6

Wis.

1,238

1,246

0.6

N.Y.

650

638

-1.8

Pa.

558

552

-1.1

Idaho

470

497

5.7

Minn.

450

450

0.0

N.M.

335

360

7.5

Texas

320

338

5.6

Mich.

313

321

2.6

Ohio

270

274

1.5

Wash.

243

237

-2.5

Iowa

198

200

1.0

Ariz.

161

166

3.1

Ind.

155

165

6.5

Vt.

142

140

-1.4

Fla.

135

129

-4.4

Ore.

121

117

-3.3

Mo.

114

115

0.9

Kan.

112

112

0.0

Colo.

106

112

5.7

Ill.

104

103

-1.0

Va.

105

103

-1.9

Ky.

103

95

-7.8

USDA