Milk production inches upward
Milk production in Wisconsin during September 2017 totaled 2.46 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the previous September, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.
The average number of milk cows during September, at 1.28 million head, was the same as last year, but down 1,000 head from last month. Monthly production per cow averaged 1.925 pounds, up 15 pounds from last September.
Milk production in the 23 major States during September totaled 16.2 billion pounds, up 1.2 percent from September 2016. August revised production at 17.0 billion pounds, was up 2.2 percent from August 2016. The August revision represented an increase of 8 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,851 pounds for September, 6 pounds above September 2016. This is the highest production per cow for the month of September since the 23 State series began in 2003.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.74 million head, 73,000 head more than September 2016, but 3,000 head less than August 2017.
Milk production in the United States during the July - September quarter totaled 53.5 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from the July - September quarter last year.
The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.40 million head, 4,000 head more than the April - June quarter, and 71,000 head more than the same period last year.