Milk production up in South Dakota, down in North Dakota


North Dakota

Milk production in North Dakota for the October – December 2011 quarter totaled 81.0 million pounds, down 13 percent from 93 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 18,000 head, was down 1,000 head from the previous quarter of July – September 2011 and down 2,000 head from the October – December 2010 quarter.

South Dakota

The October – December 2011 quarterly milk production for South Dakota totaled 469 million pounds, up 1 percent from last year and up 2 percent from last quarter’s revised 461 million pounds, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The average number of milk cows during the fourth quarter, at 89,000, is down 1,000 head from last year and from last quarter.

South Dakota’s July – September 2011 milk production was revised from 458 million pounds up to 461 million pounds.  However, the average number of milk cows for the quarter remained unchanged at 90,000.

USDA NASS North & South Dakota Field Offices