Wisconsin milk production totaled 2.21 billion pounds in July, up 121 million pounds from a year ago. Milk per cow averaged 1,760 pounds, 5% higher than last July. The number of milk cows in the state, at 1.26 million, was the same as last month, but 5,000 more than at this time last year. As of August
1, 2009, Wisconsin had 13,078 licensed milk cow herds, down 32 from last month and down 557 from August 2008.
Milk production in July in the 23 major states grew by less than 1% over the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,769 pounds, a rise of 25 pounds over last year. The number of milk cows decrease to 8.40 million head, 34,000 fewer than June and 115,000 fewer than last July.
Milk cow numbers dropped dramatically in some states this month. California had 11,000 fewer cows than last month, New Mexico had 6,000 fewer, and Texas had 5,000 fewer. Idaho and New York had smaller decreases of 1,000 head each. Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin had no change in cow
numbers from last month.
Milk production was mixed across the major milk producing states. Minnesota and Wisconsin both had increases in production of 6 percent. Michigan production was up 5%, while New York had 3% more milk. On the other hand, California had 5% less milk. Idaho and New Mexico both had a 3% drop in production.