Monthly Milk Production as reported by Hoard's Dairyman

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23 State October milk production up 0.1 percent

Monthly Milk Production

Released November 19: October 2015 milk production in the 23 states for which USDA reports monthly was 16 billion pounds, up 0.1 percent from October 2014. September revised production at 15.6 billion pounds, was up 0.5 percent from September 2014. The September revision represented an increase of 12 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Change in 23 selected states when comparing October's milk production with a year ago:
Arizona down 1.3 percent; California down 5.5 percent
Colorado up 3.3 percent; Florida up 3.3 percent
Idaho up 1.2 percent; Illinois up 1.3
Indiana up 4.0 percent; Iowa up 1.3 percent
Kansas down 0.4 percent; Michigan up 4.5 percent
Minnesota up 1.8 percent; New Mexico down 2.9 percent
New York up 2.4 percent; Ohio up 0.9 percent
Oregon down 1.4 percent; Pennsylvania down 1.7 percent
South Dakota up 13.3 percent; Texas down 0.7 percent
Utah down 1.6 percent; Vermont down 1.4 percent
Virginia down 1.4 percent; Washington down 0.7 percent
Wisconsin up 4.5 percent

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,857 pounds for October, 7 pounds below October 2014.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.63 million head. This is 38,000 head more than October 2014 and 1,000 head less than September 2015.

Note: The annual production of milk for the U.S. during 2014 was 206 billion pounds, 2.4 percent above 2013. Revisions to 2013 production increased the annual total 13 million pounds. Revised 2014 production was up 52 million pounds from last month's publication. Production per cow averaged 22,258 pounds for 2014, 442 pounds above 2013. The average number of milk cows in the U.S. during 2014 was 9.26 million head, up 0.4 percent from 2013. The average number of milk cows was revised up 2,000 head for 2014.

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.