New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bryan Combs
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
MILK PRODUCTION UP
New York dairy herds produced 1.03 billion pounds of milk during January according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office. Milk cows declined from the previous year while milk per cow increased from the previous year resulting in a 2 percent increase in milk production compared to January 2007. The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, down 2 thousand head from January of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1650 pounds, up 40 pounds from the January 2007 rate.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $21.60 per hundredweight of milk sold during January, down $0.70 from December and $6.80 above January a year ago.
Milk production in the 23 major States during January totaled 14.6 billion pounds, up 2.4 percent from January 2007. December production, unrevised at 14.4 billion pounds, was up 2.8 percent from December 2006.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,743 pounds for January, 17 pounds above January 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.40 million head, 120,000 head more than January 2007, and 15,000 head more than December 2007.