Milk production in Iowa during November 2018 totaled 425 million pounds, up less than one percent from the previous November according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during November, at 220,000 head, was unchanged from last month but 1,000 more than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,930 pounds, down five pounds from last November.
Milk production in the 23 major States during November totaled 16.4 billion pounds, up 0.8 percent from November 2017. October revised production, at 16.9 billion pounds, was up 0.9 percent from October 2017. The October revision represented a decrease of 18 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,877 pounds for November, 18 pounds above November 2017. This is the highest production per cow for the month of November since the 23 State series began in 2003.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.72 million head, 16,000 head less than November 2017, and 8,000 head less than October 2018.
Milk production in the United States during November totaled 17.4 billion pounds, up 0.6 percent from November 2017.
Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,856 pounds for November, 19 pounds above November 2017.
The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.36 million head, 38,000 head less than November 2017, and 8,000 head less than October 2018.