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JULY MILK PRODUCTION INCREASED
New York dairy herds produced 1,113 million pounds of milk during July. Milk cows were unchanged but production per cow was up from the previous year resulting in a 1.9 percent increase in milk production compared to July 2011. The number of milk cows averaged 610,000 head, unchanged from July of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,825 pounds, up 35 pounds from the July 2011 rate. Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $17.10 per hundredweight of milk sold during July, up 10 cents from June but down $5.90 from July a year ago. Milk production in the 23 major States during July totaled 15.5 billion pounds, up 0.8 percent from July 2011. June revised production at 15.5 billion pounds, was up 1.1 percent from June 2011. The June revision represented an increase of 2 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,826 pounds for July, 6 pounds above July 2011. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.50 million head, 41,000 head more than July 2011, but 7,000 head less than June 2012.