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New York milk production edges up in August

By Journal Staff


New York dairy farms produced 1.293 billion pounds of milk in August, up 0.6 percent from 

1.285 billion pounds in the year-ago month, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) recently reported.

Production per cow in the state averaged 2,065 pounds in August, up slightly from 2,050 pounds a year prior.

The number of milk cows on farms in New York state totaled 626,000 head in August, compared to 627,000 head in August 2019, NASS reported.

On the milk-price front, New York dairy farmers in July were paid an average of $18.50 per hundredweight, up $3 from June, but down 30 cents from July 2019. Milk prices have rebounded from the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic, after hitting a low of $13.30 in May.

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