Monthly Milk Production as reported by Hoard's Dairyman

April 21   next update
mid-May

23 State March milk production up slightly

Monthly Milk Production



Released April 21: March 2014 milk production in the 23 states for which USDA reports monthly was 16.7 billion pounds, up 1.1 percent from March 2013. February revised production at 14.9 billion pounds, was up 1.3 percent from February 2013. The February revision represented a decrease of 18 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Change in 23 selected states when comparing March's milk production with a year ago:
Arizona up 1.2 percent; California up 3.7 percent
Colorado up 6.5 percent; Florida up 3.1 percent
Idaho up 1.7 percent; Illinois down 1.8 percent
Indiana up 0.6 percent; Iowa down 3.4 percent
Kansas up 1.2 percent; Michigan up 0.3 percent
Minnesota down 3.8 percent; New Mexico down 0.1 percent
New York unchanged; Ohio down 4.8 percent
Oregon up 4.2 percent; Pennsylvania up 0.3 percent
South Dakota up 1.8 percent; Texas up 6.4 percent
Utah up 3.5 percent; Vermont, up 0.4 percent
Virginia up 2.6 percent; Washington up 3.5 percent
Wisconsin down 1.6 percent

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,959 pounds for March.

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