January Milk Production Up 1 Percent

The Agriculture Department’s preliminary data shows January milk production in the top 23 producing states totaled 16.1 billion pounds, up 1 percent from January 2013. The 50-state total, at 17.26 billion pounds was up 0.9 percent from a year ago. Revisions reduced the original December estimate by 19 million pounds, to 15.7 billion pounds, down 0.3 percent from December 2012. That put 2013 annual production in the U.S. at 201 billion pounds, up 0.3 percent from 2012. Revisions to 2012 output increased the total 213 million pounds and revised 2013 output was up 32 million pounds from last month’s report.

Cow numbers in the 23 states totaled 8.51 million head, up 6,000 head from December and 7,000 more than January 2013. Output per cow averaged 1,891 pounds, up 17 pounds from a year ago.

Checking the top states, California’s January milk production was up 4.7 percent. Wisconsin was down 2.9 percent. New York was up 0.3 percent, Idaho up 0.4 percent. Pennsylvania was up 0.4 percent, and Minnesota was down 2.1 percent.

The state to watch in the coming months will be California, and  the effects of the serious drought there.