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U.S. Milk Production and Cow Numbers Both Rise


The February 2023 USDA Milk Production report showed an 0.8% increase in year-over-year milk production with a total of 17.7 billion lbs. of milk. Five of the top six states illustrated production growth except for California, which declined.


Also following suit, U.S. cow numbers documented growth, up 37,000 head from last February and up an additional 12,000 cows from last month. In fact, five of the top six states illustrated positive growth except for Wisconsin, which lost 3,000 cows.


Dan Basse, president of AgResources Company, told the PDPW audience last week at their business meeting in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., that the reason for a decline in cow numbers in the Badger State stems mostly from environmental pressures.



By KAREN BOHNERT

March 21, 2023


dairyherd.com


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