Missouri Dairy Business Update Commercial Agriculture
Volume 4, Number 6
June 2004

Milk Production - Cows down, milk per cow up

Milk production in the U.S. was estimated to be down 0.4% in May 2004 compared to May 2003, based upon 1.3% fewer cows and 0.9% more milk production per cow.

Milk production in the top 20 states was down 0.1% in May 2004 compared to May 2003, based upon 0.9% fewer cows and a 0.8 % increase in milk production per cow.

In Missouri, milk production was down 2.3% in May 2004 compared to May 2003 based upon 4.6% fewer cows, and an increase in milk production per cow of 2.6%.

May Milk Production
  May 2003 Milk Cows May 2004 Milk Cows % Change from last Year May 2003 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow May 2004 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow % Change from Last Year May 2003 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) May 2004 Total Milk Production (Millions of Pounds) % Change from Last Year
USA
9,104,000
8,982,000
-1.3%
1,648
1,663
0.9%
15,003
14,940
-0.4%
Top 20 States
7,787,000
7,716,000
-0.9%
1,671
1,684
0.8%
13,013
12,994
-0.1%
Missouri
130,000
124,000
-4.6%
1,345
1,380
2.6%
175
171
-2.3%
Kentucky
119,000
108,000
-9.2%
1,125
1,155
2.7%
134
125
-6.7%
Iowa
203,000
194,000
-4.4%
1,640
1,630
-0.6%
333
316
-5.1%
Idaho
400,000
415,000
3.8%
1,870
1,840
-1.6%
748
764
2.1%
California
1,685,000
1,720,000
2.1%
1,835
1,835
-0.0%
3,092
3,156
2.1%
New Mexico
315,000
327,000
3.8%
1,890
1,840
-2.6%
595
602
1.2%
Source: USDA, NASS, Milk Production: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/reports/nassr/dairy/pmp-bb/


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