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U.S. milk production falls slightly

Number of milk cows on farms declines by 42,000 head year over year.

November 22, 2023

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Milk production in the 24 major states during October totaled 17.9 billion pounds, down 0.4% from October 2022, according to USDA’s October “Milk Production” report. September revised production, at 17.5 billion pounds, was up 0.1% from September 2022. The September revision represented an increase of 17 million pounds or less than 0.1% from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 24 major states averaged 2,013 pounds for October, three pounds below October 2022. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.91 million head, 19,000 head less than October 2022, and 5,000 head less than September 2023.

Total milk production in the U.S. during October totaled 18.7 billion pounds, down 0.5% from October 2022. Production per cow in the U.S. averaged 1,997 pounds for October, one pound below October 2022.

The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.37 million head, 42,000 head less than October 2022, and 6,000 head less than September 2023.

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