Missouri Dairy Business UpdateCommercial Agriculture
Volume 3, Number 3

March 2003


Dairy Trends Missouri & Surrounding States

Within Missouri's neighboring states, only Kansas shows a growing dairy industry, with Iowa flat and the rest declining in cow numbers.
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/so/view.asp?f=livestock/ldp-mbb/

Those trends emerge from the latest preliminary US annual average dairy production numbers that were updated recently to include the year just passed, 2002. The graphs below reflect the latest cows numbers and milk production per cow estimates in Missouri and surrounding states.

Kansas recently pushed into the top 20 states in milk production, based upon increasing cow numbers and rapid increases in milk production per cow. That industry growth is primarily due to large dairy farms in western Kansas.

    1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
MO   177,000 170,000 159,000 154,000 145,000 137,000
KS   81,000 82,000 86,000 91,000 93,000 103,000
IA   230,000 222,000 217,000 215,000 210,000 209,000
AR   53,000 45,000 42,000 39,000 35,000 32,000
IL   133,000 128,000 123,000 120,000 116,000 115,000
KY   148,000 140,000 133,000 132,000 128,000 122,000
TN   113,000 105,000 97,000 95,000 92,000 88,000

Milk Production per Cow

    1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
US   16,872 17,189 17,772 18,201 18,159 18,571
MO   13,345 13,924 14,069 14,662 13,441 14,024
KS   15,864 16,037 16,337 16,923 17,312 19,515
IA   16,057 17,167 17,521 18,298 18,024 18,201
AR   11,981 12,000 12,381 12,436 12,343 12,281
IL   16,564 16,570 16,496 17,450 17,414 17,835
KY   12,264 12,214 12,414 12,841 12,969 13,230
TN   14,239 14,295 14,608 14,789 14,511 14,943


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