(WKBW release) New York dairy herds produced 1,138 million pounds of milk during March, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Milk cows were unchanged but production per cow was up from the previous year resulting in a 0.3 percent increase in milk production compared to March 2011. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, unchanged from March of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,865 pounds, up 55 pounds from the March 2011 rate.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $18.10 per hundredweight of milk sold during March, down $0.90 from February and $3.20 less than March a year ago.
Milk production in the 23 major States during March totaled 16.5 billion pounds, up 4.3 percent from March 2011. February revised production at 15.1 billion pounds, was up 8.2 percent from February 2011. The February revision represented a decrease of 13 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Adjusting February production for the additional day due to leap year causes February revised production to be up 4.5 percent on a per day basis.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,931 pounds for March, 59 pounds above March 2011. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.52 million head, 94,000 head more than March 2011, and 9,000 head more than February 2012.