Milk production in Iowa during September 2023 totaled 480 million pounds, up 1 percent from the previous September according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during September, at 240,000 head, was unchanged from last month but up 2,000 from September 2022. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,000 pounds, unchanged from last September.
Milk production in the 24 major States during September totaled 17.5 billion pounds, up slightly from September 2022. August revised production, at 18.1 billion pounds, was down 0.7 percent from August 2022. The August revision represented a decrease of 73 million pounds or 0.4 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 1,960 pounds for September, 3 pounds above September 2022.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.91 million head, 16,000 head less than September 2022, and 2,000 head less than August 2023.
Milk production in the United States during the July – September quarter totaled 56.1 billion pounds, down 0.7 percent from the July – September quarter last year.
The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.38 million head, 43,000 head less than the April – June quarter, and 33,000 head less than the same period last year.
The complete report can be found on the USDA NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.