Herd number reported unchanged—sort of—in May milk report

Somewhat surprisingly, the USDA May milk production report showed the herd was little changed from the prior month. In fact, while USDA adjusted the March milk cows figure slightly higher, it reported absolutely no change to the national herd or the dairy herd in [...]

Signs of weakness creeping into dairy market

After prices rallied sharply in November, the dairy market seemed dominated by bullish buyers and tight heifer supply. However, when the market is leaning so hard in one direction, with brokers/distributors only seeing dollar signs, it may be a time to pause, reflect, and [...]

Dairy herd & milk yield fall below year-ago levels

This week’s USDA milk production report provided more bullish fuel as the national herd fell by a further -14,000 head to 9.4 million cows across the country, and milk yield, the volume of milk per cow per day, also fell below Oct 2020 levels. [...]

U.S. dairy herd plateaus & poised to fall

After steadily rising over the past 12 months, the nationwide herd may have peaked as flush ends. Total herd across the 50 states was estimated at 9.51 million head, down about 1,000 head from the May estimate. The 24-state number, representing about 95 percent [...]

November milk production blows away estimates

USDA milk production report this past week showed numbers through November across all fifty states ending on a high note for the year. Dairy herd rose by 12,000 head from last month is now 46,000 head above the level at the start of the [...]

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 [...]

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