Milk Production In February Up From Last Year
Milk production in the 24 major milk-producing states in February totaled 16.82 billion pounds, down 1.3% from February 2020 but up 2.3% after adjusting for leap year, according to data released this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). For the entire United States, February milk production was estimated at 17.63 billion pounds, down 1.5% from February 2020 but up 2.0% when adjusted for leap year. (All figures are rounded.)
January’s revised production for the 24 major states totaled 18.45 billion pounds, an increase of 150 million pounds or 0.8% from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
February production per cow in the 24 major states averaged 1,882 pounds, down 44 pounds from February 2020 and down 183 pounds from a month earlier. For the entire United States, production per cow in February is estimated at 1,864 pounds, down 44 pounds from February 2020 and down 180 pounds from January.
NASS reports the number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.94 million head in February, up 88,000 head from February 2020 and up 2,000 head from January. In the entire United States, there were an estimated 9.46 million milk cows in February, 81,000 cows more than February 2020, and 3,000 more than in January.
California led the nation’s milk production in February with 3.33 billion pounds of milk, down 1.5% from February 2020. Wisconsin followed with 2.42 billion pounds of milk produced in February, down 0.4% from February 2020.
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Source: Cheese Market News