Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 5, Number 3
March 2005

Milk production in the 23 major States during February totaled 12.2 billion pounds, down 0.7 percent from February 2004. However, production was 2.8 percent above last year after adjusting for the leap year.

January revised production, at 13.3 billion pounds, was up 1.5 percent from January 2004. The January revision represented an increase of 0.2 percent or 29 million pounds from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,516 pounds for February, 15 pounds below
February 2004. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.07 million head, 23,000 head more than February 2004, but 9,000 head less than January 2005.

Note: The chart below is not adjusted for the fact that Feburary 2004 had one more day than February 2005!

February Milk Production
 
Feb. 2004 Milk Cows
Feb. 2005 Milk Cows
% Change from last Year
Feb. 2004 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow
Feb. 2005 Monthly Lbs. Milk/Cow
% Change from Last Year
Feb. 2004 Total Milk Production (Millions of Lbs.)
Feb. 2005
Total Milk Production (Millions of Lbs.)
% Change from Last Year
USA
8,993,000
8,980,000
-0.1
1,512
1,498
-0.9
13,595
13,450
-1.1
Top 23 States
8,051,000
8,074,000
0.3
1,531
1,516
-1.0
12,329
12,240
-0.7
Missouri
124,000
117,000
-5.6
1,185
1,220
3.0
147
143
-2.7
Kentucky
111,000
110,000
-0.9
1,035
1,020
-1.4
115
112
-2.6
Iowa
195,000
187,000
-4.1
1,590
1,580
-0.6
310
295
-4.8
Idaho
412,000
437,000
6.1
1,660
1,660
0.0
684
725
6.0
California
1,706,000
1,742,000
2.1
1,675
1,635
-2.4
2,858
2,848
-0.3
New Mexico
326,000
320,000
-1.8
1,660
1,560
-6.0
541
499
-7.8
Source: USDA, NASS, Milk Production


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