March Milk Production up 2%

March Milk Production up 2%

Cow numbers are down 4,000 head from a year ago.

March 2012 milk production totaled 795 million pounds in Minnesota, up 2% from the 779 million pounds produced in March 2011, according to the USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office.

Revised February 2012 milk output was 735 million pounds.

Minnesota's production per cow averaged 1,710 pounds in March 2012, up 50 pounds from last March. The revised February 2012 rate was 1,580 pounds per cow. The average number of milk cows on farms in Minnesota during March 2012 was 465,000 head, unchanged from the February 2012 number, but down 4,000 head from one year ago.

March Milk Production up 2%

Accumulated Minnesota milk production for the first three months of 2012 was 2.30 billion pounds, up 2.6 percent from the same period a year ago.

U.S. production up 4%

Milk production in the 23 major States during March totaled 16.5 billion pounds, up 4% from  March 2011. February revised production, at 15.1 billion pounds, was up 8% from February 2011.  Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,931 pounds for March, 59 pounds above March 2011.  The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.52 million head, 94,000 head more than March 2011, and 9,000 more than February 2012.

Accumulated milk production in the 23 major States for the first three months of 2012 was 47.4 billion pounds, up 5% from the same period a year ago.

Source: USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office

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