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 [...]

Bearish milk production report & fears of schools reopening weigh on market

The August USDA Milk Production report showed an unexpected uptick in the herd, albeit by a nominal 2,000 head, enough to see milk volume up 1.5 percent YOY at 17.8 billion pounds. USDA also revised past statistics, lifting June by 59 million lbs, a [...]

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 [...]

June Milk Production Report shows decline in production

June may be National Dairy Month, but last week’s USDA Milk Production Report showed drops in both U.S. dairy herd and total milk output compared to the prior month. Milk production in the 24 major states was down 1.0 percent, showing the first yield [...]

One-two punch leaves dairy down for the count

Apr. 21 saw two bits of fresh news that left no doubt of continued pain for the dairy sector, with Fonterra’s GDT auction results down 4.2 percent followed by USDA’s milk production report showing continued growth in milk production in a market already woefully [...]

U.S. dairy herd on the mend

Last week’s USDA Milk Production report showed January output (24 major states) up 1.2 percent compared to January last year. December production was revised and is now up 1.3 percent from December 2018. In total, 2019 milk production was up 0.4 percent YOY on [...]

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