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April milk production down, cows decline

May 21, 2009
Westfield Republican
ALBANY — New York dairy herds produced 1.04 billion pounds of milk during April according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office. Milk cows declined while production per cow was unchanged from the previous year resulting in a 1 percent decrease in milk production compared to April 2008. The number of milk cows averaged 623,000 head, down 3,000 head from April of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,670 pounds, unchanged from the April 2008 rate. Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $11.80 per hundredweight of milk sold during April, up 30 cents from March and $6.40 below April a year ago. Milk production in the 23 major states during April totaled 14.9 billion pounds, up slightly from April 2008. March revised production at 15.2 billion pounds, was up 0.1 percent from March 2008. The March revision represented an increase of 47 million pounds or 0.3 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,758 pounds for April, 1 pound above April 2008. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.48 million head, 3,000 head less than April 2008, and 2,000 head less than March 2009.


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