Missouri Dairy Business Update Commercial Agriculture
Volume 4, Number 4
April 2004

Milk Production - Another Drop in March

Milk production in the U.S. was estimated to be down 2.1% in March 2004 compared to March 2003, based upon 1.7% fewer cows and 0.5% less milk production per cow.

Milk production in the top 20 states was down 1.8% in March 2004 compared to March 2003, based upon 1.2% fewer cows and a 0.6% decrease in milk production per cow.

In Missouri, milk production was down 6.3% in March 2004 compared to March 2003 based upon 6.1% fewer cows, and an increase in milk production per cow of 0.4%.

March Milk Production
  March 2003 Milk Cows March 2004 Milk Cows % Change from last Year Mar 2003 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow Mar 2004 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow % Change from Last Year Mar 2003 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) Mar 2004 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) % Change from Last Year
USA
9,141,000
8,988,000
-1.7%
1,646
1,638
-0.5%
15,044
14,721
-2.1%
Top 20 States
7,810,000
7,714,000
-1.2%
1,666
1,656
-0.6%
13,014
12,776
-1.8%
Missouri
131,000
123,000
-6.1%
1,340
1,345
0.4%
176
165
-6.3%
Kentucky
120,000
109,000
-9.2%
1,135
1,175
3.5%
136
128
-5.9%
Iowa
203,000
194,000
-4.4%
1,640
1,630
-0.6%
333
316
-5.1%
Idaho
395,000
413,000
4.6%
1,850
1,810
-2.2%
731
748
2.3%
California
1,681,000
1,708,000
1.6%
1,850
1,810
-2.2%
3,110
3,091
-0.6%
New Mexico
315,000
327,000
3.8%
1,835
1,765
-3.8%
578
577
-0.2%
Source: USDA, NASS, Milk Production: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/reports/nassr/dairy/pmp-bb/


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