Wisconsin Milk Production Up

Milk production in Wisconsin during April 2024 totaled 2.72 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the previous April. This is according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.

The average number of milk cows during April, at 1.27 million head, was 2,000 above last month and up 4,000 from April 2023. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,140 pounds, up 45 pounds from last April.

Milk production in the 24 major States during April totaled 18.3 billion pounds, down 0.2 percent from April 2023. March revised 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, 8 pounds above April 2023.

New Mexico saw the greatest loss in production from 2023 — down 17.3 percent — and South Dakota saw the greatest gain — up 12.3 percent.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.89 million head, 55,000 head less than April 2023, and 6,000 head less than March 2024.

Milk production in the U.S. during April totaled 19.1 billion pounds, down 0.4 percent from April 2023. Production per cow in the U.S. averaged 2,049 pounds for April, 9 pounds above April 2023.

The number of milk cows on farms in the U.S. was 9.34 million head, 74,000 head less than April 2023, and 8,000 head less than March 2024.