In the month of October 2017, Wisconsin dairy cows produced 2.55 billion pounds of milk. According to the latest USDA, Milk Production Report, the October Wisconsin milk production rate increased by two percent from October 2016.
The report also showed that the average number of milk cows that produced Wisconsin milk in October was 1.28 million head, which was the same amount producing in September 2017 and October of last year. The monthly production per cow averaged 1,995 pounds or approximately 171.54 gallons, which was an increase of 45 pounds from October 2016.
Then in the 23 major dairy States, milk production totaled 16.7 billion pounds during the month of October, up 1.5 percent from October 2016.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.74 million head, 67,000 head more than October 2016, but 1,000 head less than September 2017. It was also reported that the production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,917 pounds or approximately 164.83 gallons for October, 13 pounds above October 2016. This is the highest recorded production per cow for the month of October since the 23 State series began in 2003.
Overall, milk production in the United States during October totaled 17.8 billion pounds; this was up 1.4 percent from October 2016.
The number of milk cows on farms in the United States last month was 9.40 million head, 65,000 head more than October 2016, but 1,000 head less than September 2017. The production per cow in the United States was reported to average 1,894 pounds or 162.85 gallons in October, 12 pounds above October 2016.
The complete USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report, can be found under Publications on the USDA NASS website http://at www.nass.usda.gov.