Milk production up in July despite the heat

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It was the hottest July on record for many parts of the United States, but that didn’t stop milk production from increasing 0.7 percent from the same month a year earlier.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that average milk production per cow was 7 pounds higher than July 2011, which accounted for much of the increase, along with fact there were 29,000 more milk cows nationwide. (Note: these figures are for all 50 states. The USDA includes numbers for the top 23 dairy states and the nation as a whole.)

In the top 23 dairy states, milk production was up 0.8 percent from July 2011.

The states showing the largest increases in July were: Colorado (5.8 percent), Utah (5.6 percent) and Missouri (4.7) percent. All of these states experienced hot, dry weather in July. Surprisingly, Washington state, which escaped the worst of the heat, was down 3.3 percent on a year-over-year-basis.

See the USDA report here.

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August, 20, 2012 at 08:56 AM

I would willing to bet that usda has a big change in those numbers and will find a lot less milk than was reported . But the biggest story is where are they going to get the milk in August which out west will be a LARGE LARGE amount less . When is some one going to start talking about how we will feed our cows this year due to price and next year to availabilty ?

Mn  |  August, 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM

Just goes to show how usda incorrectly collects its info....I wished the entire usda was unfunded,so the market would be based on whats really out there....not what the processors want so they can manipulate lower prices to us. Will the dairy farmer ever be strong enough to take backback our own futures?

August, 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Amen Rick

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