October 2022 Milk Production
Released November 21, 2022: October Milk Production is up 1.4 percent

Milk production in the 24 major States during October totaled 18.1 billion pounds, up 1.4 percent from October 2021. September revised production, at 17.5 billion pounds, was up 1.5 percent from September 2021. The September revision represented a decrease of 13 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,021 pounds for October, 18 pounds above October 2021.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.93 million head, 42,000 head more than October 2021 but 1,000 more than September 2022.

2021 Annual Milk Production up 2.2 percent from 2019
The annual production of milk for the United States in 2021 was 226 billion pounds, 1.3 percent above 2020. Revisions to 2020 production raised the annual total 89 million pounds. Revised 2021 production was down 18 million pounds from last month's publication. Annual total milk production has increased 12.8 percent from 2012.

Production per cow in the United States averaged 23,948 pounds for 2021, 171 pounds above 2020. The average annual rate of milk production per cow has increased 10.2 percent from 2012.

The average number of milk cows on farms in the United States in 2021 was 9.45 million head, up 0.6 percent from 2020. The average number of milk cows was unrevised for 2021. The average annual number of milk cows has increased 2.3 percent from 2012.

The next update is December 19, 2022


Milk production data for 24 selected 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 24 states for which the USDA reports milk production are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.