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June 2018 milk production rises in U.S.

Production per cow and number of cows increase over year-ago levels.

Milk production in the 23 major states during June totaled 17.2 billion lb., up 1.3% from June 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Milk Production” report. USDA revised May production to 18.0 billion lb., which was 1.1% higher than May 2017. The May revision represented an increase of 40 million lb., or 0.2%, from last month's preliminary production estimate, USDA said.


Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,964 lb. for June, 23 lb. above June 2017 and the highest production per cow for the month of June since the 23-state series began in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.75 million head, 12,000 head more than in June 2017 but unchanged from May 2018.

April-to-June production rises

Milk production in the U.S. during the April-to-June quarter totaled 55.8 billion lb., up 0.8% from the April-to-June quarter last year. The average number of milk cows during the quarter was 9.40 million head, 3,000 head less than the January-to-March quarter but 4,000 head more than the same period last year.

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