Wisconsin's milk production up 4% year-over-year to 2.28 billion lbs. in January, USDA says; average output reaches 1,800 lbs./cow, up 65 lbs. from last year
February 23, 2012
– In January 2012 Wisconsin milk production rose 4 percent, to 2.28 billion pounds. Milk per cow averaged 1,800 pounds, up 65 pounds from last year. There were 1.27 million milk cows in the state during January. This was the same as both last month and last January. As of February 1, 2012 Wisconsin had 11,715 licensed milk cow herds, down 46 from last month and down 663 from February 2011.
Total milk production in the 23 major states was 15.8 billion pounds in January. This was an increase of 4 percent from the previous year. Production per cow increased to 1,857 pounds, 46 pounds higher than last January. The number of milk cows in the major states totaled 8.50 million head, up 93,000 from this time last year and up 13,000 from last month.
All but two states, Missouri and Vermont, had higher milk production when compared with last January. Production in California rose 7 percent due to greater cow numbers and a 5 percent increase in milk per cow. Milk per cow in Idaho grew by 3 percent, helping boost its production by 5 percent.