USDA: April Milk Production up 0.6 Percent Nationally

Milk production in the United States during April totaled 18.4 billion pounds, up 0.6 percent from April 2017.

Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,961 pounds for April, 9 pounds above April 2017.

The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.40 million head, 8,000 head more than April 2017, but 2,000 head less than March 2018.

23 Major Dairy States: April Milk Production up 0.7 Percent

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Milk production in the 23 major States during April totaled 17.3 billion pounds, up 0.7 percent from April 2017. March revised production, at 17.8 billion pounds, was up 1.4 percent from March 2017. The March revision represented a decrease of 9 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,982 pounds for April, 10 pounds above April 2017. This is the highest production per cow for the month of April since the 23 State series began in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.74 million head, 14,000 head more than April 2017, but 2,000 head less than March 2018.

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