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Washington—US milk production in the 24 reporting states during November totaled 17.26 billion pounds, down 0.1 percent from November 2020, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported Monday.

October’s milk production estimate for the 24 reporting states was revised up by 110 million pounds, so October output was up 0.4 percent from October 2020, rather than down 0.3 percent as initially estimated.

Production per cow in the 24 reporting states averaged 1,941 pounds for November, three pounds above November 2020.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 reporting states in November was 8.89 million head, 24,000 head less than November 2020 and 8,000 head less than October 2021.

For the entire US, November milk production totaled 18.0 billion pounds, down 0.4 percent from November 2020. October’s production estimate was revised up by 110 million pounds, so output was up 0.1 percent from October 2020, rather than down 0.5 percent as initially estimated.

Production per cow in the US averaged 1,922 pounds for November, three pounds above November 2020. The number of milk cows on farms in the United States in November was 9.39 million head, 47,000 head less than November 2020 and 10,000 head less than October 2021.

California’s November milk production totaled 3.37 billion pounds, up 1.0 percent from November 2020, due to 1,000 fewer milk cows but 20 more pounds of milk per cow.

California’s October milk output was revised up by 112 million pounds, so production was up 1.0 percent from October 2020, rather than down 1.3 percent as initially estimated.

Wisconsin’s November milk production totaled 2.56 billion pounds, up 2.2 percent from November 2020, due to 18,000 more milk cows and 15 more pounds of milk per cow. Wisconsin’s October milk production had been up 2.7 percent from October 2020.

Idaho’s November milk production totaled 1.3 billion pounds, up 0.4 percent from November 2020, due to 4,000 more milk cows but five less pounds of milk per cow.

Idaho’s October milk production was revised down by 8 million pounds, so output was up 0.3 percent from October 2020, rather than up 0.9 percent as initially estimated.

November milk production in Texas totaled 1.27 billion pounds, up 2.8 percent from November 2020, due to 17,000 more milk cows but unchanged milk per cow. Texas’s October milk production had been up 3.9 percent from a year earlier.

New York’s November milk production totaled 1.24 billion pounds, down 0.2 percent from November 2020, due to 2,000 more milk cows but 10 less pounds of milk per cow.

New York’s October milk output had been up 1.0 percent from October 2020.

Michigan’s November milkproduction totaled 942 million pounds, down 0.8 percent from November 2020, due to 2,000 fewer milk cows and 10 less pounds of milk per cow. Michigan’s October production was revised up by 7 million pounds, so output was up 0.3 percent from October 2020, rather than down 0.4 percent as originally estimated.


November milk production in Minnesota totaled 851 million pounds, up 1.9 percent from November 2020. The percentage increase was due to 6,000 more milk cows and 10 more pounds of milk per cow.

Minnesota’s October milk output was revised down by 6 million pounds, so production was up 2.1 percent from October 2020, rather than up 2.8 percent as initially estimated.

Pennsylvania’s November milk production totaled 800 million pounds, down 3.5 percent from November 2020, due to 10,000 fewer milk cows and 25 less pounds of milk per cow. Pennsylvania’s October milk production was revised down by 4 million pounds, so output was down 3.5 percent from October 2020, rather than down 3.1 percent as originally estimated.

New Mexico’s November milk production totaled 578 million pounds, down 13.2 percent from November 2020, due to 39,000 fewer milk cows and 35 less pounds of milk per cow. New Mexico’s October milk production had been down 12.2 percent from October 2020.

November milk production in Washington totaled 502 million pounds, down 6.7 percent from November 2020, it was reported. The percentage decrease was due to 17,000 fewer milk cows and 15 less pounds of milk per cow. Washington’s October milk output had been down 6.9 percent from a year earlier.

All told for the 24 reporting states in November, compared to November 2020, milk production was higher in nine states.

Production increases ranged from 0.4 percent in Idaho to 16.7 percent in South Dakota. The large increase in production in South Dakota was due to 22,000 more milk cows and 15 more pounds of milk per cow.

Production decreases appeared in 15 states, with those declines ranging from 0.2 percent in New York to 13.2 percent in New Mexico.

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