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September milk production rises

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Number of milk cows on farms in 24 major states was 46,000 head more than in September 2019.

Milk production in the 24 major milk-producing states during September totaled 17.2 billion lb., up 2.4% from September 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Milk Production” report. USDA revised August production to 17.8 billion lb., up 1.9% from August 2019. The August revision represented an increase of 1 million lb., or less than 0.1%, from last month's preliminary production estimate.

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Production per cow in the 24 major states averaged 1,944 lb. for September, 36 lb. above September 2019. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.85 million head, 46,000 head more than in September 2019 and 6,000 head more than in August 2020.

Milk production in the U.S. during the July to September quarter totaled 55.3 billion lb., up 2.0% from the same quarter last year, USDA reported. The average number of milk cows in the U.S. during the quarter was 9.36 million head, 1,000 head less than the April to June quarter but 39,000 head more than the same period last year.

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