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2023 annual milk production down from 2022

Cow numbers and milk production continue to decline in January USDA estimates for the seventh consecutive month.

U.S. milk production fell below year-ago output for a seventh consecutive month, according to the USDA’s January Milk Production report, released Feb. 21. The USDA also adjusted U.S. cow estimates back to January 2023, putting the U.S. herd at its smallest number since August 2019.

January 2023-24 dairy recap at a glance

Reviewing the USDA preliminary estimates for January 2024 compared to January 2023:

U.S. milk production: 19.09 billion pounds, down 1.13%.

Audrey Schmitz

February 22, 2024



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