January milk production slightly behind 2021
Milk production during January was slightly behind the same period a year earlier.
USDA says production in the U.S. for the month totaled 18.2 billion, 1.4 percent lower than January 2021.
The herd size was down 63,000 head on the year and 5,000 from last month.
Production per cow averaged nearly 23,000 pounds, about 170 more than a year ago.
The average number of milk cows on U.S. dairy farms in 2021 was
9.45 million head, up 0.6 percent from 2020.