Total milk production in Wisconsin rose during August when compared to the same time last year–the sixth straight month of consecutive increases. According to the USDA’s latest milk production report, Wisconsin farmers produced 2.68 billion pounds during the month, up 2.6 percent from last August, but lower than the 2.72 billion made in July 2021.
Nationally, 18 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 24 major dairy states for the month. That was a 1.1 percent increase from 2020, but less than the previous month’s 18.3 billion.
California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.39 billion pounds. South Dakota had the greatest percent-increase in output as that state produced 316 million pounds of milk–about 16.2 percent more from the same period last year. Sixteen of the top 24 states had higher year-to-year production last month.
Meanwhile, the number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.97 million head, 112,000 head more than August 2020, but 20,000 head less than July 2021. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.27 million head–about the same as last month, but 21,000 over last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,100 pounds, which was 20 pounds per cow more than last year’s figures.
Source: Wisconsin Ag Connection