May 24, 2024: U.S. Milk Production Down Again

Total milk production in the US
was down again in April, falling 0.4% from a year ago to 19.135 billion
pounds, the lowest U.S. production level in April since 2020. On the positive
side, production per cow was up 9 pounds to 2,049 pounds per cow.
The number of milk cows in the U.S. fell 74,000 head below year ago at
9.34 million head, down 8,000 head from last month. The nation’s dairy
herd is now at its smallest since September 2019. Milk production across
the top 24 milk producing states was mixed, with South Dakota and Florida
posting the biggest gains, at 12.3 and 11.4% increases, respectively.

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