Monthly Milk Production as reported by Hoard's Dairyman

February 20   next update
mid-March

23 State January milk production up slightly

Monthly Milk Production*

*Special Note: NASS added South Dakota to the monthly estimating program and removed Missouri beginning with this report. Historic estimates have been created for South Dakota for 2013 and January 2014 for comparison purposes. The inclusion of South Dakota and exclusion of Missouri accounted for 65 of the 104 million pound revision to the 23-State milk production total for January 2014. The remaining 39 million pounds, or 0.2 percent, were a result of the normal revision process.

Released March 19: February 2014 milk production in the 23 states for which USDA reports monthly was 14.9 billion pounds, up 1.4 percent from February 2013. January revised production at 16.2 billion pounds, was up 1.3 percent from January 2013. The January revision represented an increase of 104 million pounds or 0.6 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Change in 23 selected states when comparing February's milk production with a year ago:
Arizona up 2.2 percent; California up 5.3 percent
Colorado up 6.0 percent; Florida up 2.9 percent
Idaho up 2.6 percent; Illinois down 3.2 percent
Indiana up 1.7 percent; Iowa down 2.7 percent
Kansas up 3.6 percent; Michigan up 0.7 percent
Minnesota down 2.3 percent; New Mexico down 1.4 percent
New York up 0.2 percent; Ohio down 3.7 percent
Oregon up 3.1 percent; Pennsylvania down 0.2 percent
South Dakota up 1.5 percent; Texas up 3.2 percent
Utah up 4.0 percent; Vermont, up 1.0 percent
Virginia up 2.2 percent; Washington up 3.1 percent
Wisconsin down 2.0 percent

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,753 pounds for February, 21 pounds above last year.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.51 million head. This is 13,000 head more than February 2013, and 1,000 head less than January 2014.

Note: The annual production of milk for the U.S. during 2013 was 201 billion pounds, 0.3 percent above 2012. Revisions to 2012 production increased the annual total 213 million pounds. Revised 2013 production was up 32 million pounds from last month's publication. Production per cow averaged 21,822 pounds for 2013, 102 pounds above 2012. The average number of milk cows in the U.S. last year was 9.22 million head, down 0.1 percent from 2012. The average number of milk cows was revised down 5,000 head for 2013.

Milk production data for 23 states from USDA is released around the 18th of the month following the month for which the information applies. At the same time the current production figures are released, updated data for the previous month's milk production is released. This graph reflects the updated information.

The 23 states for which the USDA reports milk production are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.