February Milk Production Up

February Milk Production Up

Cow numbers down 5,000 head from last year.

February 2012 milk production totaled 737 million pounds in Minnesota, up 5.6% from the 698 million pounds produced in February 2011, according to the USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office.

Revised January 2012 milk output was 772 million pounds.

Minnesota's production per cow averaged 1,585 pounds in February 2012, up 100 pounds from last February.  The revised January 2012 rate was 1,660 pounds per cow.  The average number of milk cows on farms in Minnesota during February 2012 was 465,000 head, unchanged from the revised January 2012 number, but down 5,000 head from one year ago.

Cow numbers down 5,000 head from last year.

Accumulated Minnesota milk production for the first two months of 2012 was 1.51 billion pounds, up 3.1% from the same period a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during February totaled 15.2 billion pounds, up 8.3 percent from February 2011. However, adjusting production for the additional day due to leap year causes February Milk production to be up 4.6% on a per day basis. January revised production, at 15.8 billion pounds, was up 3.9% from January 2011.  Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,782 pounds for February, 117 pounds above February 2011.  The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.51 million head, 102,000 head more than February 2011, and 8,000 more than January 2012.

Accumulated milk production in the 23 major States for the first two months of 2012 was 31.0 billion pounds, up 6.0 percent from the same period a year ago.

Source: Minnesota Field Office, USDA NASS

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