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Contact:  Bryan Combs
Tuesday, April 21, 2008


New York dairy herds produced 1.05 billion pounds of milk during March 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 3 percent increase in milk production compared to March 2007.  The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, down 2 thousand head from March of the previous year.  Milk per cow averaged 1680 pounds, up 50 pounds from the March 2007 rate.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $17.90 per hundredweight of milk sold during March, down $1.60 from February and $1.80 above March a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during March totaled 15.1 billion pounds, up 2.4 percent from March 2007. February revised production at 13.9 billion pounds, was up 6.2 percent from February 2007.  The February revision represented an increase of 23 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate. 

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,795 pounds for March, 12 pounds above March 2007.  The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.44 million head, 141,000 head more than March 2007, and 9,000 head more than February 2008.