New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bryan Combs
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
OCTOBER MILK PRODUCTION DOWN
New York dairy herds produced 1.01 billion pounds of milk during October according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office. Milk cows and milk per cow both declined from the previous year resulting in a 1 percent decrease in milk production compared to October 2007. The number of milk cows averaged 625 thousand head, down 1 thousand head from October of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1620 pounds, down 10 pounds from the October 2007 rate.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $17.50 per hundredweight of milk sold during October, down $1.50 from September and $4.90 below October a year ago.
Milk production in the 23 major States during October totaled 14.4 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent from October 2007. September revised production at 14.0 billion pounds, was up 1.8 percent from September 2007. The September revision represented a decrease of 13 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,700 pounds for October, 3 pounds above October 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.46 million head, 105,000 head more than October 2007, and 1,000 head more than September 2008.