Milk production in Iowa during June 2017 totaled 426 million pounds, up 2 percent from the previous June according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during June, at 217,000 head, was the same as last month and 4,000 more than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,965 pounds, the same as last June.
In the United States, milk production in the 23 major States during June totaled 16.9 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from June 2016. May revised production at 17.8 billion pounds, was up 1.9 percent from May 2016. The May revision represented an increase of 17 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,939 pounds for June, 13 pounds above June 2016. This is the highest production per cow for the month of June since the 23 State series began in 2003.
The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.73 million head, 83,000 head more than June 2016, and 4,000 head more than May 2017.
Milk production in the United States during the April – June quarter totaled 55.3 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent from the April – June quarter last year.
The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.40 million head, 29,000 head more than the January – March quarter, and 76,000 head more than the same period last year.