Area USDA milk production reports

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South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS — Milk production in South Dakota during February 2016 totaled 197 million pounds, up 15 percent from February 2015, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 112,000 head, 11,000 head more than February 2015. Milk production per cow averaged 1,760 pounds.

Minnesota

Milk production in Minnesota during February 2016 totaled 768 million pounds, up 5 percent from the previous February according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. However, adjusting production for the additional day due to the leap year causes February milk production to be up 1 percent on a per day basis. The average number of milk cows during February, at 460,000 head, was unchanged from both last month and last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,670 pounds, up 80 pounds from last February.

Iowa

Milk production in Iowa during February 2016 totaled 393 million pounds, up 5 percent from the previous February according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. However, adjusting production for the additional day due to the leap year causes February milk production to be up 1 percent on a per day basis. The average number of milk cows during February, at 210,000 head, was the same as last month but 1,000 fewer than a year ago. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,870 pounds, up 95 pounds from last February.