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Friday, December 19, 2008


New York dairy herds produced 986 million pounds of milk during November according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office.  Milk cows declined while milk per cow increased from the previous year resulting in no change in milk production compared to November 2007.  The number of milk cows averaged 624 thousand head, down 2 thousand head from November of the previous year.  Milk per cow averaged 1,580 pounds, up 5 pounds from the November 2007 rate.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $17.80 per hundredweight of milk sold during November, unchanged from October and $4.70 below November a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during November totaled 14.0 billion pounds, up 1.4 percent from November 2007. October revised production at 14.4 billion pounds, was up 1.6 percent from October 2007. The October revision represented an increase of 16 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate. 

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,657 pounds for November, 3 pounds above November 2007.  The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.47 million head, 99,000 head more than November 2007, and 6,000 head more than October 2008.