New York's milk production up 0.1% year-over-year to 1.04 billion lbs. in September, USDA says; average milk output up slightly to 1,700 lbs./cow

ALBANY, New York , October 20, 2011 (press release) – New York dairy herds produced 1,037 million pounds of milk during September. Milk cows were down but production per cow was up from the previous year resulting in a 0.1 percent increase in milk production compared to September 2010. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, down slightly from September of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,700 pounds, up slightly from last year at this time.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $23.10 per hundredweight of milk sold during September, down 40 cents from August but $4.50 more than September a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during September totaled 14.8 billion pounds, up 1.9 percent from September 2010. August revised production at 15.3 billion pounds, was up 2.3 percent from August 2010. The August revision represented an increase of 17 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,742 pounds for September, 12 pounds above September 2010. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.47 million head, 101,000 head more than September 2010, and 1,000 head more than August 2011.

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