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September milk production lower as cow numbers decline


The U.S. dairy herd is the smallest since January 2022, pulling year-over-year milk production down for a third straight month.

U.S. milk production fell below year-ago output for a third consecutive month, according to the USDA’s September Milk Production report, released Oct. 19. The USDA also adjusted U.S. cow estimates back to April, putting the U.S. herd at its smallest number since January 2022.


September 2022-23 dairy recap at a glance

Reviewing the USDA preliminary estimates for September 2023 compared to September 2022:

  • U.S. milk production: 18.21 billion pounds, down 0.2%


Dave Natzke

October 20, 2023


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