Missouri Dairy Business UpdateCommercial Agriculture
Volume 3, Number 1

January 2003


Milk Production

Milk prices won't improve until production begins to taper off. December milk production in the US continued to grow, but at a slightly slower pace than the growth in recent months.

For the whole US, milk production was up 1.7% in December over a year ago, based upon 0.4% more cows and 1.4% more milk per cow.

For Missouri, milk production dropped 1.9% from December 2001, based upon 5.0% less cows, but 3.1% more milk production per cow than year ago levels.

December Milk Production

 December 2002 Milk CowsDecember 2002 Milk Cows% Change from last Year December 2001 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow December2002 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow % Change from Last Year December 2001 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) December 2002 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) % Change from Last Year
USA9,112,0009,148,0000.4%1,524 1,546 1.4% 13,902 14,139 1.7%
Top 20 States7,750,0007,797,0000.6%1,549 1,567 1.2% 12,008 12,220 1.8%
Missouri141,000134,000-5.0% 1,145 1,180 3.1% 161 158 -1.9%
Kentucky125,000120,000-4.0%1,130 1,100 -2.7% 141 132 -6.4%
Iowa206,000208,0001.0%1,550 1,550 0.0% 319 322 0.9%
Idaho377,000390,0003.4%1,750 1,740 -0.6% 660 679 2.9%
California1,618,0001,676,0003.6%1,740 1,750 0.6% 2,815 2,933 4.2%
New Mexico288,000309,0007.3%1,700 1,710 0.6% 490 528 7.8%
Source: USDA, NASS, Milk Production


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