Milk supply strengthens

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Milk production accelerated in July. According to the USDA’s Aug. 17 “Milk Production” report, the 23-state milk supply grew 3.9 percent in July versus a year ago.

The upward movement puts July milk output at 14.5 billion pounds in the top 23 dairy states.

June production still stands 1.2 percent higher than a year ago, although the USDA increased it 6 million pounds versus the production estimate issued in July.

July’s 3.9-percent gain drew its strength from a 3.3-percent gain in output per cow. Milk per cow averaged 1,743 pounds for the month, or about 56 pounds per cow per day. Monthly output per cow is up 55 pounds versus a year ago.

In July, the 23-state cow herd stood at 8.31 million head, an increase of 0.6 percent versus a year ago. Cow numbers are 50,000 head ahead of last July and 14,000 more than June.

The chart shows total milk production in each of the top 23 dairy states in July. Particularly strong gains took place in Arizona, California, and Michigan. The largest declines in output occurred in New Mexico and Missouri.

July milk production (Top 23 dairy states)

 

2006

2007

% change

 

(million

pounds)

 

Calif.

3,122

3,453

   10.6

Wis.

2,001

2,084

   4.1

N.Y.

1.024

1,030

0.6

Idaho

960

1,013

5.5

Pa.

888

886

-0.2

Minn.

702

723

3.0

Texas

590

599

1.5

Mich.

610

654

7.2

N.M.

681

620

-9.0

Wash.

465

469

0.9

Ohio

403

422

4.7

Iowa

346

362

4.6

Ariz.

307

339

10.4

Ind.

277

280

1.1

Colo.

222

236

6.3

Vt.

217

216

-0.5

Kan.

194

190

-2.1

Ore.

194

189

-2.6

Fla.

177

175

-1.1

Ill.

165

160

-3.0

Mo.

146

134

-8.2

Va.

143

147

2.8

Ky.

103

102

-1.0

USDA



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