Milk production in North Dakota for the January – March 2012 quarter totaled 84 million pounds, down 5 percent from 88 million pounds during the same period a year earlier, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. The average number of milk cows during the current quarter, at 18,000 head, was the same as the previous quarter of October – December 2011 but down 2,000 head from the January – March 2011 quarter.
The January – March 2012 quarterly milk production for South Dakota totaled 492 million pounds, up approximately 7 percent
from last year’s 460 million pounds. Production was also up from last quarter’s 469 million pounds, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. During the first quarter of 2012, the average number of milk cows, at 92,000, is up 1,000 head from last year and up 2,000 head from last quarter.
Source: USDA NASS ND Field Office