New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bryan Combs
Monday, October 20, 2008
SEPTEMBER MILK PRODUCTION UP
New York dairy herds produced 995 million pounds of milk during September 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 1 percent increase in milk production compared to September 2007. The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, unchanged from September of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1590 pounds, up 20 pounds from the September 2007 rate.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $18.50 per hundredweight of milk sold during September, down $0.60 from August and $4.30 below September a year ago.
Milk production in the 23 major States during September totaled 14.0 billion pounds, up 1.9 percent from September 2007. August revised production at 14.6 billion pounds, was up 1.7 percent from August 2007. The August revision represented an increase of 24 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,652 pounds for September, 7 pounds above September 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.46 million head, 118,000 head more than September 2007, but 8,000 head less than August 2008.