Milk production during the April-June quarter totaled 55.3 billion lb., that’s a jump of 1.8 percent compared to the same time last year.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Milk Production report, during the 2nd quarter of 2017 there were 9.4 million cows being milked. That total rose 29,000 head compared to the January-March quarter and was 76,000 head more than the 2nd quarter of 2016.

23 Major Dairy States See 1.7% Increase

The 23 major dairy states totaled 16.9 billion lb. in milk production for June, an increase of 1.7 percent from 2016.

In June, the 23 major dairy states accounted for 8.73 million head of cows in production. The cow inventory has increased 83,000 head since last year and is up 4,000 head since May.

Production per cow in the 23 major dairy states averaged 1,939 lb. in June, up 13 lb. from the same time last year. It is the highest average for production since USDA started monitoring the 23 major dairy states in 2003.