Milk Production Expected To Dip, USDA Says

When taking a look at the latest U.S. dairy balance sheet, “We’re forecasting lower production this month for both 2021 and 2022 based on what we’re observing as lower cow numbers as well as reduced milk per cow,” said USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Mark Jekanowski. “And we expect those lower cow numbers and lower growth in milk per cow to carry in to 2022 as well.”

Yet Jekanowski noted production for both years would be up.  Lower commercial use both years is offset by increased exports, while imports are expected to rise slightly.

And when it comes to prices:

“We raised most of our prices almost across the board for both 2021 and 2022. Just reflecting the fact that we’re seeing relatively strong dairy product demand of late combined with those higher milk supplies that we’re both seeing and forecasting in to 2022.”

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