Milk production in Iowa during May 2019 totaled 452 million pounds, down less than 1 percent from the previous May according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.
The average number of milk cows during May, at 217,000 head, was the same as last month but down 3,000 from last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,085 pounds, up 25 pounds from last May.
Milk production in the 24 major States during May totaled 18.1 billion pounds, down 0.1 percent from May 2018. April revised production, at 17.6 billion pounds, was up 0.5 percent from April 2018. The April revision represented an increase of 195 million pounds or 1.1 percent from last month’s preliminary 23-State production estimate.
Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,062 pounds for May, 11 pounds above May 2018.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.79 million head, 55,000 head less than May 2018, but 5,000 head more than April 2019.
Some folks will notice that this report contains 24 states rather than the 23 selected states. The change to 24 states accounted for 157 million of the 195 million pound revision to the April 2019 23-state production revision. The remaining 38 million pounds, or 0.2 percent, were a result of the normal revision process.