State milk production steady despite decrease in cow numbers
MADISON - Milk production in Wisconsin during May 2018 totaled 2.65 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the previous May, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.
The average number of milk cows during May, at 1.27 million head, was the same as last month but down 5,000 from last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,080 pounds, up 30 pounds from last May.
Milk production in the 23 major States during May totaled 17.9 billion pounds, up 0.9 percent from May 2017. April revised production, at 17.3 billion pounds, was up 0.5 percent from April 2017.
The April revision represented a decrease of 18 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 2,052 pounds for May, 15 pounds above May 2017. This is the highest production per cow for the month of May 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, 10,000 head more than May 2017, and 2,000 head more than April 2018.
Milk production in the United States during May totaled 19.1 billion pounds, up 0.8 percent from May 2017. Production per cow in the United States averaged 2,031 pounds for May, 15 pounds above May 2017.
The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.40 million head, 3,000 head more than May 2017, and 2,000 head more than April 2018.