Dairy herd, production down from last year
Dairy herds in Indiana produced 315 million pounds of milk during September, down 2.2 percent from a year ago, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. The daily rate per cow was 60.0, up 1.0 pound from September 2018. The dairy herd was estimated at 175,000 head for September, down 7,000 head from a year earlier.
Milk production in the 24 major States during September totaled 16.8 billion pounds, up 1.6 percent from September 2018. August revised production at 17.5 billion pounds, was up 0.5 percent from August 2018. The August revision represented an increase of 32 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 1,913 pounds for September, 33 pounds above September 2018. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.80 million head, 11,000 head less than September 2018, but 7,000 head more than August 2019.