Positive Points for Missouri's Dairy Industry
Looking for something positive about Missouri's dairy industry?
Here's some news:
- Missouri DHIA herds show improving milk production
- In December 2003, 85 herds have rolling herd
averages above 20,000 pounds, up from 60 herds with rolling
herd averages above 20,000 pounds in March 2002.
- 2 top DHIA herds in Missouri have rolling herd
averages above 26,000 pounds
- Milk production per cow is growing faster in
Missouri than in almost any other state in recent months,
according to the USDA Monthly Milk Production Reports.
- In September 03 versus September 02, milk per
cow was up 6.2% in Missouri versus a 0.4% increase in the
top 20 dairy states.
- In October 03 versus October 02, milk per cow
was up 7.1% in Missouri versus a 0.7% increase in the top 20
- In November 03 versus November 02, milk per cow
was up 5.8% in Missouri versus a 0.9% increase in the top 20
- Kentucky and Missouri are neighboring dairy states
with very similar industries. In the last year, dairy cow
numbers in Missouri have dropped by 10,000 cows, while
Kentucky has lost 9,000 cows. However, Missouri's November
milk production only dropped 2.0% from year ago levels
versus Kentucky's 6.6% drop. The difference is Missouri's
growing milk production per cow.
- Intensive rotational grazing continues to attract
dairymen who are converting, starting up, or relocating from
other states. According to extension regional dairy
specialist Stacey Hamilton, grazing dairymen have expanded
by more than 1,500 cows in recent years. He estimates a
total of 90 dairymen in Missouri currently practice
intensive rotational grazing with more than 8,000 cows.
- Two grazing dairies have expanded from 75 to
more than 250 cows.
- Many grazing dairymen continue to plan and
build new, larger, low-cost parlors.