Milk production for the April – June 2011 quarter totaled 88.0 million pounds, down 11 percent from 99 million pounds during the same period a year earlier, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Average number of milk cows during the current quarter, at 19,000 head, was down 1,000 head from the previous quarter of January – March 2011 and down 2,000 head from the April – June 2010 quarter. Milk produced per cow during the April – June quarter was 4,615 pounds, up from 4,400 pounds the previous quarter but down from 4,700 pounds during the same period last year.
The April – June 2011 quarterly milk production for South Dakota totaled 482 million pounds, equal to last year but 5 percent above last quarter’s 460 million pounds, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The average number of milk cows during the second quarter, at 93,000, is equal to last year but up 2,000 head from last quarter.
South Dakota’s January – March 2011 milk production was revised from 468 million pounds down to 460 million pounds. The average number of milk cows during the quarter remains unchanged at 91,000 head.
Milk production in the United States during the April – June quarter totaled 50.4 billion pounds, up 1.3 percent from the April – June quarter last year. The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.20 million head, 79,000 head more than the same period last year.