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Milk Production Down in March

Milk production in Minnesota during March 2022 totaled 886 million pounds, down 3 percent from the previous March according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. 

The average number of milk cows during March, at 453,000 head, was unchanged from last month but down 9,000 from March 2021. 

Monthly production per cow averaged 1,955 pounds, down 15 pounds from last March. Milk production in the 24 major States during March totaled 18.8 billion pounds, down 0.4 percent from March 2021. 

February revised production, at 16.8 billion pounds, was down 0.7 percent from February 2021. 

The February revision represented an increase of 8 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. 

Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,113 pounds for March, 7 pounds above March 2021. 

The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.90 million head, 68,000 head less than March 2021, but 15,000 head more than February 2022. 

Milk production in the United States during the January – March quarter totaled 56.3 billion pounds, down 1.0 percent from the January – March quarter last year. 

The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.38 million head, unchanged from the October – December quarter, but 85,000 head less than the same period last year.



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