New York dairy herds produced 1,110 million pounds of milk during August.
Milk cows were unchanged and production per cow increased from the previous year, resulting in a 1.9 percent increase in milk production compared to August 2011. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, unchanged from August of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,820 pounds, a 2 percent increase from last year at this time.
Dairy farmers in New York state received an average of $18.30 per hundredweight of milk sold during August, an increase of 90 cents from July but $5.20 less than August a year ago. Milk production in the 23 major states during August totaled 15.3 billion pounds, a .2 percent decrease from August 2011. July revised production at 15.5 billion pounds, increased .7 percent from July 2011. The July revision represented a decrease of 24 million pounds, or .2 percent, from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,803 pounds for August, 10 pounds less than August 2011. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.50 million head, 32,000 head more than August 2011, but 4,000 head less than July 2012.