U.S. Milk Production Update – Jun ’18
Executive Summary U.S. milk production figures provided by USDA were recently updated with values spanning through May ’18. Highlights from the updated report include:
- U.S. milk production remained higher on a YOY basis for the 53rd consecutive month during May ’18, finishing up 0.8% to a new monthly record high. The YOY increase in milk production was the second smallest experienced throughout the past 28 months, however, as production declines were largely experienced across the Upper Midwestern the Eastern U.S.
- The May ’18 U.S. dairy cow herd increased 4,000 head from the originally stated Apr ’18 figure and 2,000 head from the Apr ’18 revised figure. The U.S. dairy cow herd finished 3,000 head above previous year figures but remained 4,000 head below the recently experienced 22 year high levels.
- U.S. milk per cow yields increased on a YOY basis for the 31st consecutive month during May ’18, finishing up 0.7%, as Western yields continued to grow while Midwestern yields rebounded from the previous month.