Pa. Milk Production Down Slightly in October

12/15/2012 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Milk production in Pennsylvania during October totaled 869 million pounds, down 0.3 percent from last year’s October production of 872 million pounds, according to the Pennsylvania field office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS). The number of milk cows in the state during the month averaged 533,000 head, 5,000 less than October 2011.

Production per cow averaged 1,630 pounds in October, 70 pounds more than September’s production per cow, and 10 pounds more than October 2011.

Milk production in the 23 estimating states during October totaled 15.2 billion pounds, down slightly from October 2011. September’s revised production at 14.7 billion pounds was down 0.6 percent September 2011. The September revision represented a decrease of 19 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,791 pounds for October, 1 pound above October 2011.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.47 million head, 10,000 head less than October 2011, and 6,000 less than September 2012.

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