June milk production in the 23 major
states of the US was up 1.6% on June
2015 levels with 16.7 billion pounds of
milk being produced last month, the latest
figures from the US Department of
Agriculture (USDA) show.
Milk production per cow in the 23 major
States averaged 1,926 pounds for June,
which the USDA has said is 26 pounds
above June 2015.
This latest milk production per cow figure
is the highest production per cow for the
month of June since the 23 State series
began in 2003.
The USDA reports that the number of
dairy cows on farms in the 23 major
States was 8.65m head, which is 17,000
head more than June 2015, and 3,000
head more than May 2016.
Meanwhile, milk production in the
US during the April – June quarter
totalled 54.4 billion pounds, up 1.2% from
the April – June quarter in 2015.
The average number of dairy cows in the
US during the quarter was 9.33 million
head, 8,000 head more than the January
– March quarter, and 6,000 head more
than the same period last year.
US Dairy Outlook For
2016 And 2017
Based on recent data, the latest USDA
forecast for dairy cow numbers in the US
for the second and third quarter of
2016 has been lowered by 10,000 head.
The 2016 forecast of milk per cow is
unchanged from last month. As a result
of the lower expected cow numbers, the
milk production forecast for 2016 is
212.4 billion pounds, a reduction of 0.2
billion pounds.
According to the USDA, the higher
forecasts are due to higher forecasts for
milk prices and lower forecasts for feed
prices.
Milk output per cow is unchanged for
2017, at 23,095 pounds for the year.
Total production is forecast at 215.6
billion pounds, 0.3 billion pounds higher
than last month, and an increase of
1.5% from 2016.

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