Columbia, S.C., April 28, 2004: Total cash receipts from marketings of milk in SOUTH CAROLINA during 2003 was $42.8 million, down 12 percent from the $48.7 million marketed in 2002.

Total milk production was 318.0 million pounds, down 13 percent from 364.0 million pounds in 2002. The average price per 100 pounds for milk increased from $13.50 in 2002 to $13.60 in 2003.

Cash receipts in the UNITED STATES from marketings of milk during 2003 totaled $21.2 billion, 3 percent above 2002. Producer returns averaged $12.55 per hundredweight, 3 percent above 2002. Marketings totaled 169 billion pounds, 0.2 percent above 2002. Marketings include whole milk sold to plants and dealers as well as milk sold directly to consumers.

Milk production increased 0.1 percent in 2003 to 170.3 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 18,749 pounds, was 141 pounds above 2002. The annual average number of milk cows on farms, at 9.08 million head, was 55,000 head less than 2002.

An estimated 1.14 billion pounds of milk were used on farms where produced, 0.4 percent less than 2002. Calves were fed 86 percent of this milk, with the remainder consumed in producer households.

For additional information call:

Robert G. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician