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Friday, September 19, 2008


New York dairy herds produced 1.06 billion pounds of milk during August according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office.  Milk cows were up from the previous year and milk per cow increased from the previous year resulting in a 3 percent increase in milk production compared to August 2007.  The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, up 1,000 head from August of the previous year.  Milk per cow averaged 1690 pounds, up 50 pounds from the August 2007 rate.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $19.00 per hundredweight of milk sold during August, down $0.90 from July and $3.70 below August a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during August totaled 14.5 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent from August 2007. July revised production at 14.8 billion pounds, was up 1.8 percent from July 2007. The July revision represented an increase of 12 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,717 pounds for August, 2 pounds below August 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.47 million head, 137,000 head more than August 2007, but 3,000 head less than July 2008.