US milk up 2.3% in October

by | Nov 25, 2020 | Global, Volume trends

US milk production rose in October, up 2.3% YOY according to the USDA. Average per cow yield was up 1.9% YOY in October, while cow numbers increased YOY for the tenth consecutive month – up 0.5% YOY. Nationally, cow numbers were reported at 9,390m head, up 14,000 head from the prior month. The October expansion in milk supply was a seven-month high, but just above the September expansion.

California’s milk supply rose for the tenth consecutive month in October – up 1.2% YOY, but accounting for just 9.6% of the national growth for the month. Among other major producers, October production increased the most in Texas – up 8.2% YOY, but also with solid growth in Idaho (+2.7% YOY), South Dakota (+12.9% YOY), Indiana (+10.7% YOY) and Colorado (+6.6% YOY). Wisconsin output rose 1.7% YOY in October, second consecutive monthly expansion and a 21-month high. The YOY declines in Florida, Vermont, Arizona, Utah and Washington continued in October, however.