Milk production up slightly from a year ago

Milk production in Wisconsin during February 2024 totaled 2.56 billion pounds, up 4% from the previous February according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.

However, adjusting production for the additional day due to the leap year causes February milk production to be up 1% on a per day basis. The average number of milk cows during February, at 1.27 million head, was unchanged from last month and unchanged from February 2023. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,015 pounds, up 80 pounds from last February.

Milk production in the 24 major states during February totaled 17.4 billion pounds, up 2.4% from February 2023. However, adjusting production for the additional day due to leap year causes February milk production to be down 1.1% on a per day basis. January revised production, at 18.3 billion pounds, was down 1.0% from January 2023. The January revision represented a decrease of 6 million pounds or less than 0.1% from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 24 major states averaged 1,955 pounds for February, 58 pounds above February 2023.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.88 million head, 61,000 head less than February 2023, but 8,000 head more than January 2024.

Milk production in the United States during February totaled 18.1 billion pounds, up 2.2% from February 2023.

Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,941 pounds for February, 60 pounds above February 2023.

The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.33 million head, 89,000 head less than February 2023, but 10,000 head more than January 2024.

The complete report can be found on the USDA NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.

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