Cow numbers down, production per cow up
Dairy herds in Indiana produced 345 million pounds of milk during June, down 0.6 percent from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, Regional Director of USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Production per cow in Indiana averaged 1,960 pounds for June, 20 pounds above June 2019. The dairy herd was estimated at 176,000 head for June, down 3,000 head from a year earlier.
Milk production in the 24 major States during June totaled 17.4 billion pounds, up 0.5 percent from June 2019. May revised production, at 18.0 billion pounds, was down 0.5 percent from May 2019. The May revision represented an increase of 93 million pounds or 0.5 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 1,974 pounds for June, unchanged from June 2019. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.83 million head, 43,000 head more than June 2019, but 9,000 head less than May 2020.