January 24, 2024: Dairy Week in Review

Total milk production in the US was down 0.3 percent from a year ago to 18.843 billion pounds in December, with total cow numbers falling 39,000 head year over year to 9.357 million. Cow numbers in the nation’s dairy herd are now at their lowest level since June 2020. Milk production per cow was up just 1 pound from a year ago to 2,030 pounds for the month. Based on this latest USDA Milk Production Report, the nation’s dairy herd produces 226.551 billion pounds in 2023, with an average of 24,114 pounds per cow. Annually, both total milk production and milk production per cow was flat from a year ago.

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