Monthly Milk Production

Released November 18: October 2016 milk production in the 23 states for which USDA reports monthly was 16.5 billion pounds, up 2.7 percent from October 2015. September revised production at 16.0 billion pounds was up 2.3 percent from September 2015. The September revision represented an decrease of 6 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Change in 23 selected states when comparing October's milk production with a year ago:
Arizona up 0.3 percent; California up 1.8 percent
Colorado up 3.1 percent; Florida down 3.3 percent
Idaho up 4.0 percent; Illinois unchanged
Indiana up 2.1 percent; Iowa up 4.3 percent
Kansas up 7.7 percent; Michigan up 4.9 percent
Minnesota up 1.9 percent; New Mexico down 1.1 percent
New York up 4.7 percent; Ohio up 0.2 percent
Oregon unchanged; Pennsylvania up 2.2 percent
South Dakota up 4.4 percent; Texas up 8.2 percent
Utah down 5.5 percent; Vermont up 3.2 percent
Virginia down 2.1 percent; Washington up 1.3 percent
Wisconsin up 2.2 percent

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,903 pounds for October, 43 pounds above October 2015.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.67 million head. This is 31,000 head more than October 2015 and 2,000 head less than September 2016.

Note: The annual production of milk for the U.S. during 2015 was 209 billion pounds, 1.3 percent above 2014. Revisions to 2014 production increased the annual total 8 million pounds. Revised 2015 production was up 139 million pounds from last month's publication. Production per cow averaged 22,393 pounds for 2015, 134 pounds above 2014. The average number of milk cows in the U.S. during 2015 was 9.32 million head, up 0.6 percent from 2014. The average number of milk cows was revised up 2,000 head for 2015.

Milk production data for 23 states from USDA is released around the 18th of the month following the month for which the information applies. At the same time the current production figures are released, updated data for the previous month's milk production is released. This graph reflects the updated information.

The 23 states for which the USDA reports milk production are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.