Cows Steady; Production Up Slightly In Iowa

Milk production in Iowa during February 2019 totaled 411 million pounds, up slightly from the previous February according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during February, at 220,000 head, was unchanged from last month and last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,870 pounds, up 10 pounds from last February.

Milk production in the 23 major States during February totaled 16.0 billion pounds, up 0.6 percent from February 2018. January revised production, at 17.5 billion pounds, was up 1.3 percent from January 2018. The January revision represented a decrease of 7 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,838 pounds for February, 21 pounds above February 2018. This is the highest production per cow for the month of February 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, 47,000 head less than February 2018, but unchanged from January 2019.
Milk production in the United States during February totaled 17.0 billion pounds, up 0.2 percent from February 2018.
Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,818 pounds for February, 19 pounds above February 2018.
The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.36 million head, 77,000 head less than February 2018, but unchanged from January 2019.

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