February milk outturn surges 6% from year ago

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — Milk production in the 23 major producing states totaled 13.9 billion lbs in February, up 6% from the same month of 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Milk Production report (click here to read report).

It was the largest monthly year-on-year increase since an 8.2% jump in production in February 2000 from February 1999, when data was for the 20 largest states, according to the U.S.D.A. Production increased 5.9% from the same month of the previous year in February 2005.

Production per cow in the 23 major producing states averaged 1,653 lbs for February, which was 69 lbs more than in February 2007. Additionally, there were 8.42 million milk cows on farms in the 23 states, which was a 136,000-head increase from February 2007 and a 9,000-head increase from January 2008.

Milk production for January was revised to 14.7 billion lbs, up 2.7% from January 2007. This revision was an increase of 40 million lbs from the preliminary production estimate.

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