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USDA Milk Production

26 April 2013

USDA Milk Production, Disposition, and Income 2012 Summary - April 2013USDA Milk Production, Disposition, and Income 2012 Summary - April 2013

USDA Milk Production


Milk production increased 2.1 percent in 2012 to 200 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 21,697 pounds, was 361 pounds above 2011. The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.23 million head, up 39,000 head from 2011.

Cash receipts from marketings of milk during 2012 totaled $37.0 billion, 6.4 percent lower than 2011. Producer returns averaged $18.56 per hundredweight, 8.3 percent below 2011. Marketings totaled 199.4 billion pounds, 2.1 percent above 2011. Marketings include whole milk sold to plants and dealers and milk sold directly to consumers.

An estimated 961 million pounds of milk were used on farms where produced, 1.1 percent less than 2011. Calves were fed 90 percent of this milk, with the remainder consumed in producer households.

April 2013

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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