LANSING — Dairy herds in Michigan produced 1,034 million pounds of milk during March, up 3.5 percent from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, Regional Director of USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Production per cow in Michigan averaged 2,340 pounds for March, 5 pounds above March 2020. The dairy herd was estimated at 442,000 head for March, up 14,000 head from a year earlier.
Milk production in the 24 major States during March totaled 18.8 billion pounds, up 2.0 percent from March 2020. February revised production, at 16.9 billion pounds, was down 1.1 percent from February 2020. However, production was 2.5 percent above last year after adjusting for the leap year. The February revision represented an increase of 36 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,104 pounds for March, 19 pounds above March 2020. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.95 million head, 93,000 head more than March 2020, and 7,000 head more than February 2021.
— United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Great Lakes Region
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