USDA March milk production report finally shows increase in herd

After eight months of contraction, the national herd finally showed signs of life and an increase of 3,000 head at the end of February. Hopefully this marks the end of the period of culling as farmers are gearing up for spring flush and improvements [...]

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. [...]

February milk production report skewed by extra leap day last year

USDA’s milk production report showed some interesting results through February, but the 29 days in February 2020 make it more difficult to draw meaningful conclusions. Before talking about the results, it is worth revisiting the changes made for January 2021, which many in the [...]

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 [...]

USDA October dairy reports shows September milk production up 2.4%

National herd recovery continued in September with milking cows up 6,000 head over August and up 46,000 year on year for the 24-state average. Milk yield was good, registering 36 lbs above September 2019, and total milk production increased 2.4 percent above prior year’s [...]

December milk output shows unremarkable lead-up to 2020

The January milk production report this week showed a modest rise of 0.9 percent in 24-state milk production in December 2019 vs. a year prior. Production per cow (yield) was nearly unchanged YOY, and the total number of milk cows was unchanged from both [...]

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