USDA Releases December Milk Stats

Wisconsin’s December milk production totaled 2.65 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the previous December, according to the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service’s milk production report.

The average number of milk cows during December, at 1.28 million head, was 1,000 below last month but up 16,000 from December 2020. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,080 pounds, up 10 pounds from last December. That’s higher than the average between the 24 major milk producing states.

Milk production in the 24 major states during December totaled 18 billion pounds, down slightly from December 2020. November revised production, at 17.2 billion pounds, was down 0.2 percent from November 2020. The November revision represented a decrease of 16 million pounds or 0.1 percent from the last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 24 major states averaged 2,027 pounds for December, 8 pounds above December 2020. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.88 million head, 42,000 head less than December 2020, and 8,000 head less than November 2021.

National milk production during the October-December quarter totaled 55.5 billion pounds, down 0.1 percent from the October-December quarter of the prior year. The average number of milk cows in the U.S. during the quarter was 9.38 million head, 67,000 head less than the July-September quarter, and 46,000 head less than the same period last year.