Missouri Dairy Business UpdateCommercial Agriculture
Volume 3, Number 2

February 2003


Milk Production

US milk production was up 1.8% in January based upon 0.4% more cows producing 1.4% more milk per cow than a year ago.

In Missouri, milk production was down 1.8% from year ago levels on 6,000 fewer cows producing 2.5% more milk per cow.

January Milk Production

  January 2002 Milk Cows January 2003 Milk Cows % Change from last Year January 2002 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow January 2003 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow % Change from Last Year January 2002 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) January 2003 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) % Change from Last Year
USA 9,117,000 9,153,000 0.4% 1,569 1,591 1.4% 14,304 14,559 1.8%
Top 20 States 7,749,000 7,805,000 0.7% 1,591 1,608 1.1% 12,327 12,547 1.8%
Missouri 140,000 134,000 -4.3% 1,210 1,240 2.5% 169 166 -1.8%
Kentucky 123,000 120,000 -2.4% 1,170 1,100 -6.0% 144 132 -8.3%
Iowa 206,000 207,000 0.5% 1,560 1,595 2.2% 321 330 2.8%
Idaho 380,000 390,000 2.6% 1,750 1,770 1.1% 665 690 3.8%
California 1,624,000 1,681,000 3.5% 1,745 1,770 1.4% 2,834 2,975 5.0%
New Mexico 290,000 310,000 6.9% 1,740 1,740 0.0% 505 539 6.7%
Source: USDA, NASS, Milk Production:


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