USDA: January Milk Production Increases in New York

September 27, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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USDA: January Milk Production Increases in New York

September 27, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM EDT

(WKBW release) New York dairy herds produced 1,086 million pounds of milk during January, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.

According to the news release:

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 January 2011. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, unchanged from January of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,780 pounds, up slightly from last year at this time.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $20.30 per hundredweight of milk sold during January, down 40 cents from December but $2.50 more than January a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during January totaled 15.8 billion pounds, up 3.7 percent from January 2011. December revised production at 15.4 billion pounds, was
up 2.7 percent from December 2010. The December revision represented an increase of 1 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,857 pounds for January, 46 pounds above January 2011. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.50 million head, 93,000 head more than January 2011, and 13,000 head more
than December 2011.