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January Milk Production Down 0.6 Per Cent

22 February 2010
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - Milk production fell during 2009, despite an increase in production per cow, according to figures released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture.

Milk production in the 23 major States during January totaled 14.8 billion pounds, down 0.6 per cent from January 2009. December revised production at 14.6 billion pounds, was down 0.7 per cent from December 2008. The December revision represented an increase of 18 million pounds or 0.1 per cent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,782 pounds for January, 30 pounds above January 2009.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.32 million head, 191,000 head less than January 2009, but 4,000 head more than December 2009.

2009 Annual milk production down 0.3 per cent from 2008

The annual production of milk for the US during 2009 was 189 billion pounds, 0.3 per cent below 2008. Revisions to 2008 production decreased the annual total 10 million pounds. Revised 2009 production was up 61 million pounds from last month's publication.

Production per cow in the US averaged 20,576 pounds for 2009, 181 pounds above 2008. The average annual rate of milk production per cow has increased 13.1 per cent from 2000.

The average number of milk cows on farms in the US during 2009 was 9.20 million head, down 1.2 per cent from 2008. There was no revision to the average number of milk cows for 2008.

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