Milk per cow pretty strong, nationwide, according to USDA Outlook Chairman Mark Jekanowski. The latest USDA Milk Production Report puts July’s national milk per cow averaging 1,994 pounds; 21 pounds higher than July of last year. The total production for this July is 18.6 billion pounds, 1.5% more than July of 2019. In this case, with a herd of 9.3 million head, that’s about 37,000 more cows than a year ago.
However Mark Jekanowski’s outlook board is forecasting a gradual decline in cow numbers but continued growth in milk per cow.
“That is offsetting a little bit of a decline in cow numbers, we actually increased our milk production estimate for 2020 by a little bit.”
USDA now puts 2020 milk output topping last year by 1.5% and another 1.5% for next year as well.
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