Wisconsin surges; Washington, Idaho show gains

By CAROL RYAN DUMAS

Capital Press

Milk production in the 23 major producing states during March totaled 15.4 billion pounds, up 0.9 percent from March 2009, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

February production, at 13.7 billion pounds, was up 0.3 percent from February 2009.

Production per cow averaged 1,846 pounds for March, 51 pounds above March 2009. The number of milk cows on farms was 8.32 million head, 162,000 fewer than March 2009, but 1,000 more than February.

An analysis of the numbers shows the highest increases in milk production were in Wisconsin, which was up 133 million pounds. Washington was up 37 million pounds, and Idaho was up 30 million pounds.

The state with the highest increase in cows was New York, which was up 13,000 head. Washington was up 10,000 head.

On the reduction side of things, Arizona posted the highest decrease in total milk production at 28 million pounds; New Mexico was No. 2 at 27 million pounds; and California took the No. 3 slot at 24 million pounds.

As for decreases in cow numbers, California led the pack, reducing its herd by 83,000 head. Texas was down 20,000 head, and Arizona was down 19,000 head.

Idaho milk production during March totaled 1.04 billion pounds, a 3 percent increase from the same month last year, and up 11 percent from February 2010.

February 2010 milk production was at 936 million pounds, up 3 million pounds from the preliminary level. Average milk production per cow in March was 1,880 pounds, up 40 pounds from March 2009. The average number of milk cows during March was 554,000 head, up 4,000 from March 2009, but unchanged from February.

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Milk cows and Production March 2009-2010

State 2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010 % change from 2009

Milk cows milk per cow milk production

1,000 head pounds million pounds

Idaho 550 554 1,760 1,700 206 192 3.0

California 1,821 1,758 1,925 1,980 3,505 3,481 -0.7

Washington 239 249 1,950 2,020 466 503 7.9

Oregon 114 115 1,710 1,740 195 200 2.6

23-state total 8,482 8,320 1,795 1,846 15,222 15,355 0.9

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