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Contact:  Bryan Combs
Tuesday, May 20, 2008


New York dairy herds produced 1.05 billion pounds of milk during April 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 4 percent increase in milk production compared to April 2007.  The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, down 1 thousand head from April of the previous year.  Milk per cow averaged 1,670 pounds, up 65 pounds from the April 2007 rate.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $18.00 per hundredweight of milk sold during April, unchanged from March and $1.00 above April a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during April totaled 14.8 billion pounds, up 2.5 percent from April 2007. March revised production at 15.1 billion pounds, was up 2.3 percent from March 2007.  The March revision represented a decrease of 10 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate. 

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,757 pounds for April, 12 pounds above April 2007.  The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.44 million head, 152,000 head more than April 2007, and 8,000 head more than March 2008.