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US Milk Production In 2015 Was A Record High 208.5 Billion Pounds

December Output Up 0.7%; California’s Production Declined 3%; Wisconsin’s Up 4.8%; SD’s Up 13%

US milk production in the 23 reporting states during December totaled 16.362 billion pounds, up 0.7 percent from December of 2014, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported last Friday.

November’s milk production estimate was revised up by 26 million pounds, so November milk output was up 0.7 percent from November of 2014, rather than up 0.6 percent as originally estimated.

For all of 2015, US milk production totaled 208.494 billion pounds, up 1.2 percent, or about 2.5 billion pounds, from 2014. That marked the fourth consecutive year in which milk production topped 200 billion pounds, and the sixth consecutive year in which US milk production set a new record.

Since 2010, US milk production has grown by about 15.6 billion pounds.
In December, production per cow in the 23 reporting states averaged 1,894 pounds, six pounds above December 2014. For all of 2015, production per cow averaged 22,383 pounds, up 125 pounds from 2014.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 reporting states in December was 8.64 million head, 29,000 head more than December of 2014 and 1,000 head more than November of 2015.

Estimated December milk production for the entire US was 17.447 billion pounds, up 0.7 percent from December of 2014.

Fourth-quarter US milk production was estimated at 51.24 billion pounds, up 0.6 percent from 2014’s fourth quarter. That was the smallest percentage increase in quarterly milk production last year; previous increases had been 1.8 percent in the first quarter, 1.4 percent in the second quarter and 0.9 percent in the third quarter.

California’s December milk production totaled 3.366 billion pounds, down 3.0 percent from December of 2014, due to 4,000 fewer milk cows and 55 less pounds of milk per cow. California’s fourth quarter milk production totaled 9.815 billion pounds, down 4.3 percent from 2014’s fourth quarter. The state’s third-quarter milk output had been down 3.4 percent from 2014’s third quarter.

Wisconsin’s December milk production totaled 2.477 billion pounds, up 4.8 percent from December of 2014, due to 6,000 more milk cows and 80 more pounds of milk per cow. Wisconsin’s October-December 2015 milk production totaled 7.277 billion pounds, up 4.6 percent from the same period in 2014. The state’s July-September milk output had been up 4.5 percent from a year earlier.

December milk production in New York totaled 1.203 billion pounds, up 3.5 percent from December of 2014, due to 5,000 more milk cows and 50 more pounds of milk per cow. New York’s fourth-quarter milk production totaled 3.534 billion pounds, up 3.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. The state’s July-September output had been up 2.5 percent from a year

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