Milk production in Iowa during December 2020 totaled 466 million pounds, up 4% from the previous December according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during December, at 220,000 head, was 1,000 more than last month and 5,000 more than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,120 pounds, up 40 pounds from last December.
All hay stored on Iowa farms as of December 1, 2020, is estimated at 2.43 million tons, an increase of 11% from December 1, 2019, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. Disappearance from May 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020, totaled 1.78 million tons, compared with 1.28 million tons for the same period in 2019.
Timely updates on dairy issues
Dairy producers and the industry will have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during Virtual Dairy Day hosted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The I-29 Moo University Collaboration will host the 7th annual Dairy Beef Short Course online, March 23rd. This educational opportunity will be offered as a webinar rather than face-to-face due in 2021, due to the COVID-19 situation. There will be a morning session from 10:00 a.m. to Noon (CST) with a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST) followed by the afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. (CST).
The event is geared toward producers and industry involved in dairy beef production, but it is open to the public.