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Contact:  Bryan Combs
Monday, July 21, 2008


New York dairy herds produced 1.05 billion pounds of milk during June 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 4 percent increase in milk production compared to June 2007.  The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, unchanged from June of the previous year.  Milk per cow averaged 1680 pounds, up 60 pounds from the June 2007 rate.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $18.90 per hundredweight of milk sold during June, up $1.00 from May and $3.20 below June a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during June totaled 14.7 billion pounds, up 3.4 percent from June 2007.  May revised production at 15.4 billion pounds, was up 3.5 percent from May 2007. The May revision represented an increase of 14 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,737 pounds for June, 25 pounds above June 2007.  The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.46 million head, 158,000 head more than June 2007, and 1,000 head more than May 2008.