Milk production continues to climb

Colleen Kottke
Wisconsin State Farmer

Milk production continues to inch upward after leveling off earlier this spring.

According to the USDA July milk production report, Wisconsin cows produced 2.62 billion pounds of milk in July, up 1 percent from a year ago.

Despite a decrease in 4,000 head of milk cows from July 2017, the average monthly production of the state's 1.27 million dairy cows was 2,055, up 30 pounds from a year ago.

This is the third month in a row that Wisconsin dairy producers have seen an increase in milk production. This trend was mirrored in national production numbers. According to the report, U.S. milk production in July totaled 17.3 billion pounds, up 0.4 percent from last  year.

Although fewer cows are being milked across the U.S., production continues to climb.

June revised production, at 17.2 billion pounds, was up 1.6 percent from June 2017. The June revision represented an increase of 40 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Nationally, production per cow in the averaged 1,980 pounds for July, 8 pounds above July 2017. This is the highest production per cow for the month of July since the USDA began tracking data for the 23 highest producing milk states across the U.S. in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.74 million head, 1,000 head more than July 2017, but 8,000 head less than June 2018.

Milk production in the United States during July totaled 18.4 billion pounds, up 0.4 percent from July 2017. Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,953 pounds for July, 10 pounds above July 2017.

The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.40 million head, 8,000 head less than July 2017, and 8,000 head less than June 2018..