New York's milk production down 0.2% year-over-year to 1.05 billion lbs. in October, USDA says; average output reaches 1,725 lbs./cow, unchanged from last year

ALBANY, New York , November 22, 2011 (press release) – New York dairy herds produced 1,052 million pounds of milk during October. Milk cows were down but production per cow was unchanged from the previous year resulting in a 0.2 percent decrease in milk production compared to October 2010. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, down slightly from October of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,725 pounds, unchanged from last year at this time.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $21.50 per hundredweight of milk sold during October, down $1.50 cents from September but $2.00 more than October a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during October totaled 15.2 billion pounds, up 2.5 percent from October 2010. September revised production at 14.8 billion pounds, was up 1.9 percent from September 2010. The September revision represented a decrease of 10 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,787 pounds for October, 20 pounds above October 2010. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.48 million head, 111,000 head more than October 2010, and 10,000 head more than September 2011.

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