Domestic cattle herd grows as demand slows

USDA’s December milk production for the week leading into Christmas showed a 1,000-head revision higher in the previous herd number and a further 1,000-head addition from October into November. This raises the national heard to a one-year high, up 38,000 heifers from November 2021. [...]

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 [...]

USDA makes big dairy adjustment, erasing 25% of estimated herd deficit

Although USDA typically tweaks the previous month’s dairy herd statistics, the most recent milk production figures released in July saw a much bigger adjustment. Changes were made going back many months, almost to the start of the calendar year, most months’ numbers. So, rather [...]

Dairy prices advance as U.S. herd recedes

Key industry reports released this past week provided additional fuel to bulls in dairy, bolstering prices. Domestically, the milk production report surprised many with a significant reduction to last month’s August estimate of herd and a further decrease for the current month. In total, [...]

Culling limits milk supply growth

Four months into this contraction phase for output, the U.S. dairy herd has fallen by nearly 30,000 head, with the bulk of the reductions seen for the largest 24 producing states. The falling herd left August milk output up a somewhat disappointing 1.1 percent [...]

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 [...]

Dairy cows swoon with July summer heat

USDA’s July milk production report showed a continued decline in the nation’s dairy herd as the 24-state dairy total fell by 9,000 head. With the spring flush now over and summer heat curbing milk output, farmers have fewer incentives to keep marginal producers within [...]

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