April 20, 2017 March Milk Production up 1.8 Percent
National Agriculture Statistics Service reports milk production in the 23 major States during March totaled 17.5 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent from March 2016. February revised production at 15.6 billion pounds, was down 1.2 percent from February 2016. However, production was 2.3 percent above last year after adjusting for the leap year. The February revision represented a decrease of 27 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 2,012 pounds for March,18 pounds above March 2016. This is the highest production per cow for the month of March since the 23 State series began in 2003.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.71 million head, 72,000 head more than March 2016, and 15,000 head more than February 2017.
Milk production in the United States during the January – March quarter totaled 53.5 billion pounds, up 1.0 percent from the January – March quarter last year.
The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.37 million head, 25,000 head more than the October – December quarter, and 57,000 head more than the same period last year.