April 29, 2024


USDA reports decrease in March milk production across major dairy states


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a decline in milk production across major dairy states in March 2024, Brownfield Ag News reported.


According to USDA data, production in the 24 major dairy states amounted to 18.8 billion pounds last month, marking a decrease of nine-tenths of a percent compared to March 2023.


In March, production per cow averaged 2,115 pounds, down by three pounds from the same period last year. Additionally, the number of cattle in these states decreased by 71,000 head compared to the previous year, totalling 8.88 million head. This also represents a decrease of 7,000 cattle from February.


For the first quarter of 2024, milk production saw a marginal increase of one-tenth of a percent from 2023, totalling 56.9 billion pounds. During this period, the US total milking herd stood at 9.33 million head, reflecting a decrease of 16,000 cattle from the fourth quarter of 2023 and 85,000 fewer cattle compared to the first quarter of 2023.


California maintained its position as the leading producer with 1.7 million head generating 3.6 billion pounds of milk, followed by Wisconsin with 1.2 million head yielding 2.7 billion pounds. Michigan continued to lead in milk production per cow, averaging 2,350 pounds.


-      Brownfield Ag News

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