Milk production climbed 3.6 percent in August, according to the USDA’s Sept. 18 “Milk Production” report. The increase caused milk output to total 14.3 billion pounds in the top 23 dairy states.

August milk output per cow averaged 1,721 pounds, or about 56 pounds per cow per day, in the top 23 states. That is a gain of 45 pounds, or 2.7 percent, versus a year ago.

Meanwhile, the 23-state cow herd stood at 8.33 million head, an increase of 0.9 percent versus a year ago. Cow numbers are 72,000 head ahead of last August and 11,000 more than July.

The USDA revised July milk production. In the top 23 states, milk output saw a year-over-year gain of 4 percent instead of the 3.9 percent gain reported in August.

The chart shows total milk cow numbers in each of the top 23 dairy states in August.

 

(Top 23 dairy states)

2006

2007

% change

 

(1,000 head)

 

Calif.

1,770

1,817

2.7

Wis.

1,244

1,248

0.3

N.Y.

634

625

-1.4

Pa.

554

551

-0.5

Idaho

497

517

4.0

Minn.

450

463

2.9

N.M.

362

335

-7.5

Texas

337

348

3.3

Mich.

320

338

5.6

Ohio

274

276

0.7

Wash.

238

240

0.8

Iowa

207

215

3.9

Ariz.

173

181

4.6

Ind.

165

166

0.6

Vt.

141

139

-1.4

Fla.

130

126

-3.1

Colo.

112

119

6.3

Mo.

115

109

-5.2

Ore.

118

114

-3.4

Kan.

113

108

-4.4

Ill.

103

103

0.0

Va.

102

100

-2.0

Ky.

96

89

-7.3