New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bryan Combs
Thursday, June 19, 2008
MAY MILK PRODUCTION UP
New York dairy herds produced 1.11 billion pounds of milk during May according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office. Milk cows were unchanged from the previous year while milk per cow increased from the previous year resulting in a 5 percent increase in milk production compared to May 2007. The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, unchanged from May of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,770 pounds, up 80 pounds from the May 2007 rate.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $17.60 per hundredweight of milk sold during May, down $0.60 from April and $0.90 below May a year ago.
Milk production in the 23 major States during May totaled 15.4 billion pounds, up 3.4 percent from May 2007. April revised production at 14.8 billion pounds, was up 2.6 percent from April 2007. The April revision represented an increase of 6 million pounds from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,816 pounds for May, 25 pounds above May 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.46 million head, 162,000 head more than May 2007, and 12,000 head more than April 2008.