New York's milk production up 0.2% year-over-year to 1.07 billion lbs. in December, USDA says; average output reaches 1,755 lbs./cow, up slightly from last year

ALBANY, New York , January 24, 2012 (press release) – New York dairy herds produced 1,071 million pounds of milk during December. Milk cows were down but production per cow was up from the previous year resulting in a 0.2 percent increase in milk production compared to December 2010. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, down slightly from December of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,755 pounds, up slightly from last year at this time.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $21.00 per hundredweight of milk sold during December, down 60 cents from November but $2.70 more than December a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during December totaled 15.4 billion pounds, up 2.7 percent from December 2010. November revised production at 14.7 billion pounds, was up 2.2 percent from November 2010. The November revision represented an increase of 3 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,818 pounds for December, 27 pounds above December 2010. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.49 million head, 99,000 head more than December 2010, and 12,000 head more than November 2011.

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