WI Produced A Little More Milk In August

Milk production in Wisconsin during August totaled 2.76 billion pounds. That’s up 1 percent from the previous August, according to the latest USDA milk production report.

Meanwhile, milk production across the 24 major milk-producing states during August was pretty flat — down 0.3 percent from August 2022. Total U.S. milk production was down 0.2 percent from last August.

But these flat or marginal numbers are not happening everywhere. New Mexico’s August milk production is down 8 percent; Kansas is down 4.3 percent; and California is down 3.7 percent compared to the previous August. South Dakota saw the largest growth in milk production from August 2022 to August 2023 at a 6 percent increase.

The average number of milk cows in Wisconsin, during August, at 1.27 million head, was unchanged from July but down 3,000 from August 2022. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,175 pounds, up 30 pounds from last August.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major milk-producing states was 8.91 million head, 15,000 head less than August 2022, but 1,000 head more than July 2023. Production per cow averaged 2,038 pounds for August, 2 pounds below August 2022.

Looking at the entire U.S., production per cow averaged 2,021 pounds for August, 1 pound below August 2022. The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.39 million head, 16,000 head less than August 2022, but no change from July 2023.