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Annual Milk Production Rose 1% in 2018

The annual production of milk for the United States during 2018 was 218 billion pounds, 1.0 percent above 2017. Annual total milk production has increased 15.0 percent from 2009, according to the latest figures from the USDA.


Production per cow averaged 23,149 pounds last year. That's 235 pounds above 2017.


The average number of milk cows on farms during 2018 was 9.40 million head, down 0.1 percent from 2017. And the average number of milk cows was revised up 14,000 head for 2018.