Milk production in Iowa during October 2023 totaled 494 million pounds, unchanged from the previous October according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during October, at 240,000 head, was unchanged from last month but up 1,000 from October 2022. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,060 pounds, down 5 pounds from last October.

Milk production in the 24 major States during October totaled 17.9 billion pounds, down 0.4 percent from October 2022. September revised production, at 17.5 billion pounds, was up 0.1 percent from September 2022. The September revision represented an increase of 17 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,013 pounds for October, 3 pounds below October 2022.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.91 million head, 19,000 head less than October 2022, and 5,000 head less than September 2023.
Milk production in the United States during October totaled 18.7 billion pounds, down 0.5 percent from October 2022.
Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,997 pounds for October, 1 pound below October 2022.
The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.37 million head, 42,000 head less than October 2022, and 6,000 head less than September 2023.
The complete report can be found on the USDA NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.

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