U.S. Milk Production Update – Mar ‘14
According to USDA, February ’14 U.S. milk production was up 1.1% YOY, at 15,935 million pounds. Poor feed quality and weather conditions continued in the Midwest, with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, and Illinois all experiencing their fourth straight month of YOY production declines. Strong milk production in the Western states contributed to the 1.1% YOY increase, with California production increasing 5.3%. February ’14 U.S. milk production was flat YOY excluding California production. ’13-’14 YTD milk production is up 0.6% YOY through the first five months of the production season which is substantially less than Europe and New Zealand production gains. South Dakota production figures were added to the monthly report for the first time in February ’14 report, replacing Missouri production figures going forward.