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Milk Production Drops for The Seventh Month in A Row

The recent USDA Milk Production Report illustrated a continuing theme—less milk and fewer cows. For the seventh consecutive month, U.S. milk production dropped, as January’s milk production was documented at 19.1 billion lbs., a decline of 1.1% from a year prior. Also following suit was 9.325 million cows, the lowest total since November 2019.

Once again, New Mexico led the way with the steepest decline in milk production with 97 million fewer lbs. and 42,000 fewer cows. Texas also saw a drop of 56 million lbs. and 15,000 fewer cows. This is partly due to the large barn fire last April at South Fork Dairy Farm in Dimmit. Idaho also saw a decline of 29 million lbs. and 1,000 fewer head.

Not surprisingly, South Dakota was once again on the positive side of the ledger, jumping 39 million lbs. with 21,000 additional cows. The state has increased more than 70% in cow numbers since 2019. The state’s GOED Commissioner, Chris Schilken, says that economic increase has added nearly $4 billion annually to the state.

February 22, 2024



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