Milk Production Down 2 Percent In February

New York dairy herds produced 1,034 million pounds of milk during February.

Milk cows were unchanged but production per cow was down from the previous year resulting in a 2 percent decrease in milk production compared to February 2012. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, unchanged from February of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,695 pounds, a 35 pound decrease from last year at this time.

Dairy farmers in New York received an average of $20.10 per hundredweight of milk sold during February, a 90 cent decrease from January but a $1.10 increase from February a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major states during February totaled 14.6 billion pounds, a 3.4 percent decrease from February 2012. However, production was .1 percent more than last year after adjusting for the leap year. January revised production at 15.9 billion pounds, increased .6 percent from January 2012. The January revision represented an increase of 6 million pounds, or less than .1 percent, from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,722 pounds for February, 58 pounds less than February 2012. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.50 million head, 13,000 head less than February 2012, but 2,000 head more than January 2013.