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Milk Production Rises in Latest MN Report

Milk production in Minnesota during February 2020 totaled 794 million pounds, up 4 percent from the previous February according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. 

However, adjusting production for the extra day due to the leap year causes February milk production to be up less than 1 percent on a per day basis. 

The average number of milk cows during February, at 445,000 head, was the same as last month but down 5,000 from last year. 

Monthly production per cow averaged 1,785 pounds, up 85 pounds from last February. 

Milk production in the 24 major States during February totaled 17.0 billion pounds, up 5.6 percent from February 2019. 

However, adjusting production for the additional day due to leap year causes February milk production to be up 2.0 percent on a per day basis. 

January revised production, at 18.0 billion pounds, was up 1.5 percent from January 2019. 

The January revision represented an increase of 38 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. 

Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 1,927 pounds for February, 94 pounds above February 2019. 

When production is adjusted for the additional day due to leap year, February production per cow is 27 pounds above February 2019 on a per day basis. 

The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.84 million head, 39,000 head more than February 2019, and 8,000 head more than January 2020. 

Milk production in the United States during February totaled 17.9 billion pounds, up 5.3 percent from February 2019.

Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,907 pounds for February, 93 pounds above February 2019. 

The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.37 million head, 18,000 head more than February 2019, and 9,000 head more than January 2020.


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