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April Milk Production Drops Slightly

Milk production in the 24 major milk-producing states during April reached 18.3 billion pounds, down 0.2 percent from April 2023. March’s revised milk production, at 18.9 billion pounds, was down 0.5 percent from March 2023.

The March revision represented an increase of 78 million pounds, or 0.4 percent, from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major states averaged 2,064 pounds for April, eight pounds higher than April 2023. The number of milk cows in the 24 states was 8.89 million head, 55,000 fewer than in April 2023 and 6,000 head less than March 2024. Milk production in April totaled 19.1 billion pounds, down 0.4 percent from April 2023.

Production per cow in the United States averaged 2,049 pounds for April, nine pounds higher than April 2023. The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.34 million head, 74,000 fewer head than last April.

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