This report contains the number of milk cows, production per cow, and total milk production for major milk producing states and U.S., number of milk cows and total milk production for all states and the U.S., and the number of licensed dairy herds for all states and the U.S. The data for this report was obtained via surveys from samples of producers from individual states, combined with estimates made using state and federal administrative data.
This report provides commentary on trends in the U.S. dairy industry including the number of milk cow operations, percent of inventory, and percent of production by size group, focusing on the changes since 2001. Changes in milk cow inventory, milk production, and milk per cow are also discussed, as well as milk prices and the milk-feed ratio. The report is an update of the U.S. Dairy Herd Structure report issued in 2002.