Milk production in the 23 major States during October totaled 14.8 billion pounds, up 3.3 percent from October 2009. September revised production at 14.5 billion pounds, was up 3.7 percent from September 2009. The September revision represented an increase of 6 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,767 pounds for October, 47 pounds above October 2009.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.37 million head, 52,000 head more than October 2009, but unchanged from September 2010.
California production was up 4.3 percent from a year ago, with 20,000 fewer cows. However, output per cow gained 100 pounds. Wisconsin was up 0.8 percent, thanks to 6,000 more cows, and a five pound gain per cow. New York was up 4.7 percent, despite 3,000 fewer cows but output per cow was up 85 pounds. Idaho was up 6.9 percent, on 25,000 more cows and a 40 pound increase per cow. Pennsylvania was up 2.9 percent. Cow numbers were up 2,000 and output per cow was up 40 pounds. Minnesota was down 0.1 percent, despite 1,000 more cows., however there was a 5 pound loss per cow.
The biggest increase was in Oregon , up 11.4 percent. Arizona was next, up 9.5 percent, and Kansas was third highest in milk production, at 8.2 percent.
The biggest decline was in Missouri, down 7.3 percent, due to 8,000 fewer cows, but output per cow was up 10 pounds from a year ago. Iowa was next, down 3 percent with 11,000 fewer cows, but output per cow was up 35 pounds. Illinois had the third lowest at 2.5 percent.