December 21, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

U.S. cow numbers have fallen 47,000 head (-0.50%) since last November but recent month-to-month declines have resulted in 122,000 less cows since May 2020’s high. The U.S herd is now  9.385 million head. Total U.S. milk production fell along with cow numbers. At 18.035 billion pounds, milk production fell 0.4% compared to November 2020. Production per cow remained  relatively flat compared to a year ago at 1,922 pounds per cow per month, only three pounds less than last November. The average U.S. cow produced about 73.6 pounds of milk this past  November, two tenths of a pound more than she did one year ago, according to the USDA Milk Production report. Read More