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October milk production rises 1% year over year

Number of milk cows declines, but production per cow increases.

Krissa Welshans 1

November 20, 2018

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Milk production in the 23 major states during October totaled 16.9 billion lb., up 1.0% from October 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Milk Production” report.

USDA also revised September production to 16.4 billion lb., a 1.5% increase from September 2017. The September revision represented a decrease of 2 million lb., or less than 0.1%, from last month's preliminary production estimate, USDA said.


USDA reported production per cow in the 23 major states at 1,934 lb. for October, 20 lb. above October 2017 and the highest production per cow for the month of October since the 23-state series began in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major sates was 8.72 million head, 8,000 head less than October 2017 and 1,000 head less than September 2018.

Total U.S. milk production during October totaled 17.9 billion lb., up 0.8% from October 2017.

Production per cow averaged 1,912 lb. for October, 21 lb. above October 2017.

The number of milk cows on farms was 9.37 million head, 30,000 head less than October 2017 and 2,000 head less than September 2018.

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