September 19, 2013 — August milk production in the 23 major producing states totaled 15.7 billion pounds, according to USDA’s preliminary data in today’s Milk Production report, up 2.7 percent from August 2012 when output was off slightly from 2011, and is the fifth month in a row that output exceeded that of year ago. The 50-state total, at 16.835 billion pounds, was up 2.6 percent from a year ago. Revisions added 29 million pounds to the original July estimate, now put at 15.7 billion pounds, up 1.3 percent from July 2012.
Checking the top players; California was up 2.7 percent, the first month since June 2012 that production exceeded that of a year ago. Wisconsin was up 1.7 percent. Idaho was down 0.7 percent, New York was up 4.2 percent, Pennsylvania up 3.5 percent, and Minnesota was up 1.9 percent.
Only two states showed declines; New Mexico, down 1.2 percent, followed by Idaho. The biggest increase was in Kansas, up 8.8 percent, followed by Iowa at 8 percent; Florida, up 6.9 percent; and Arizona, up 5.5 percent. Michigan was up 3.9 percent and Texas was up 3.3 percent. The next Milk Production report will again include milk cow numbers and output per cow, data that was suspended due to sequestration.