Latest milk production report sparks controversy over herd

2022 has been marked by repeated USDA revisions by of milking cow numbers. Around midyear, we saw a dramatic upward revision in the herd by nearly 25,000 heifers. Now, we are seeing a revision lower to previously reported numbers. The new numbers show a [...]

Fueled by unsustainable high dairy product prices, herd continues to grow

Monday’s USDA milk production reports for August showed an abundance of milk and dairy cows for the market to absorb. Not only were the previous month’s figures revised higher, but the August total showed continued growth in the herd, with over 11,000 heifers more [...]

Cold November stalls U.S. dairy output

Faced with a series of early winter storms moving their way across the U.S. and temperatures mostly below normal, USDA’s Milk Production report for November showed a stall in dairy herd numbers and yield mostly flat to marginally down from the prior month. In [...]

Declining dairy herd finally translates into fall in milk production

Total U.S. dairy herd has been declining for the past 16 months as culling reduced the total number of cows nationwide. However, total milk output has remained steady on gains in production thanks to improved yields. The April report finally showed a nominal decrease [...]

Livestock and poultry populations up over 2 percent YOY

There were nearly 12.0 million head of cattle on feed as of Apr. 1, up 2 percent year over year and a recent record. March’s cold, wet weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest contributed to the higher number. May-Aug numbers should decline [...]

Milk production still seeing modest gains despite continued herd declines

USDA’s Feb. 20 report on herd size and production by state showed overall production up 0.5 percent in Q4 compared to the same quarter last year. Herd size continues to decline as culling thinned the herd on both a national and twenty-three state basis. [...]

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