Iowa Milk Production Up 7 Percent In January

Milk production in Iowa during January 2023 totaled 506 million pounds, up 7 percent from the previous January
according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average
number of milk cows during January, at 241,000 head, was 2,000 above last month and up 16,000 from January
2022. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,100 pounds, up 5 pounds from last January.

Milk production in the 24 major States during January totaled 18.5 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent from January
2022. December revised production, at 18.1 billion pounds, was up 0.7 percent from December 2021. The
December revision represented a decrease of 32 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month’s preliminary
production estimate.
Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,069 pounds for January, 18 pounds above January 2022.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.93 million head, 51,000 head more than January
2022, and 9,000 head more than December 2022.
The annual production of milk for the United States during 2022 was 226 billion pounds, 0.1 percent above 2021.
Revisions to 2021 production increased the annual total 35 million pounds. Revised 2022 production was down
158 million pounds from last month’s publication. Annual total milk production has increased 12.5 percent from
2013.
Production per cow in the United States averaged 24,087 pounds for 2022, 138 pounds above 2021. The average
annual rate of milk production per cow has increased 10.4 percent from 2013.
The average number of milk cows on farms in the United States during 2022 was 9.40 million head, down
0.5 percent from 2021. The average number of milk cows was revised down 2,000 head for 2022. The average
annual number of milk cows has increased 1.9 percent from 2013.
The complete report can be found on the USDA NASS website here.

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