Cow numbers down, milk production up
Dairy herds in Ohio produced 451 million pounds of milk during October, up 0.7 percent from a year ago, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. The daily rate per cow was 57.7 pounds, up 1.3 pounds from October 2018. The dairy herd was estimated at 252,000 head for October, down 4,000 head from a year earlier.
Milk production in the 24 major States during October totaled 17.3 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from October 2018. September revised production, at 16.8 billion pounds, was up 1.7 percent from September 2018. The September revision represented an increase of 7 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 1,964 pounds for October, 33 pounds above October 2018. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.81 million head, 1,000 head less than October 2018, but 5,000 head more than September 2019.