Milk Production Up 2.1 Percent

New York dairy herds produced 1,177 million pounds of milk during May according to Blair Smith, state statistician of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

Production increased 2.1 percent from a year earlier.

Dairy farmers in New York received an average of $20.60 per hundredweight of milk sold during May, a 10 cent increase from April and $3.30 more than May a year ago. Milk production in the 23 major states during May totaled 16.5 billion pounds, a .9 percent increase from May 2012. April revised production, at 16.1 billion pounds, increased .2 percent from April 2012.