State's August Milk Down 4.5%

State's August Milk Down 4.5%

National production up 2% from a year ago.

August 2011 milk production totaled 716 million pounds in Minnesota, down 4.5% from the 750 million pounds produced in August 2010, according to the USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office.

Revised July 2011 milk output was 723 million pounds.

Minnesota's production per cow averaged 1,520 pounds in August 2011, down 75 pounds from last August. The revised July 2011 rate was 1,535 pounds per cow. The average number of milk cows on farms in Minnesota during August 2011 was 471,000 head, unchanged from the July 2011 number but up 1,000 head from one year ago.

Accumulated Minnesota milk production for the first eight months of 2011 was 5.99 billion pounds, down 1.3% from the same period a year ago.

Milk production in 23 major dairy states during August totaled 15.3 billion pounds, up 2.2% from August 2010. July revised production at 15.4 billion pounds, was up 0.5% from July 2010. Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,810 pounds for August, 18 pounds above August 2010. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 states was 8.47 million head, 102,000 head more than August 2010, and 3,000 head more than July 2011.

Accumulated milk production in the 23 states for the first eight months of 2011 was 122.6 billion pounds, up 1.9 percent from the same period a year ago.

Source: NASS Minnesota Field Office

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