Pennsylvania's milk output up 3.5% year-over-year to 849 million lbs. in February, USDA says; average output reaches 1,570 lbs./cow, down 90 lbs. from last year

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania , March 28, 2012 (press release) – Milk production in Pennsylvania during February 2012 totaled 849 million pounds, up from last February's production of 820 million pounds, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS). The number of milk cows in the state during the month averaged 541,000 head, 2,000 less than February 2012.

Production per cow averaged 1,570 pounds in February, 90 pounds less than January’s production per cow and 60 pounds more than February 2011.

Milk production in the 23 estimating states during February 2012 totaled 15.2 billion pounds, up 8.3 percent from February 2011. January revised production, at 15.8 billion pounds, was up 3.9 percent from January 2010. The revision represented an increase of 24 million pounds from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,782 pounds for February, 117 pounds above February 2011.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.51 million head, 102,000 head more than February 2011 and 8,000 more than January 2012.

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