New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bryan Combs
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
JULY MILK PRODUCTION UP
New York dairy herds produced 1.06 billion pounds of milk during July 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 2 percent increase in milk production compared to July 2007. The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, unchanged from July of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1690 pounds, up 40 pounds from the July 2007 rate.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $20.00 per hundredweight of milk sold during July, up $1.10 from June and $2.10 below July a year ago.
Milk production in the 23 major States during July totaled 14.8 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from July 2007. June revised production at 14.7 billion pounds, was up 3.2 percent from June 2007. The June revision represented a decrease of 19 million pounds or -0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,742 pounds for July, unchanged from July 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.47 million head, 143,000 head more than July 2007, and 5,000 head more than June 2008.