U.S. Milk Production Update – May ’18
Executive Summary U.S. milk production figures provided by USDA were recently updated with values spanning through Apr ’18. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. milk production remained higher on a YOY basis for the 52nd consecutive month during Apr ’18, finishing up 0.6% to a new monthly record high. The YOY increase in milk production was the lowest experienced throughout the past 27 months, however, as production declines were largely experienced across the Upper Midwest and Eastern U.S.
- The Apr ’18 U.S. dairy cow herd declined 6,000 head from the originally stated Mar ’18 figure and 2,000 head from the Mar ’18 revised figure. The U.S. dairy cow herd remains 8,000 head above previous year figures but has declined 8,000 head from the recently experienced 22 year high levels.
- U.S. milk per cow yields increased on a YOY basis for the 30th consecutive month during Apr ’18, finishing up 0.5%, as higher Western yields more than offset declining Midwestern yields.