Friday, February 18, 2011

Milk Production Increases - Naturally

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Today, February 18, 2011, USDA NASS released it "Milk Production" report. Naturally, or perhaps not, milk production increased. See:

There were, according to the report, 14,000 more cows in January 2011 than in December 2010. Technology may not offer greater choices, if it is not so much a choice as coercion.


  1. excellent graph. I predict that soon we will see improvements so that the problems of fertillity will decrease and sexed semen costs will decrease and the ratio of heifer/cows will increase again. this will make it possible to vertically integrate and give us the opportunity to become serfs. the future looks bright for processors.

  2. Is this data ACTUAL cow numbers or is this just extropalated from the 23 state guesstimate? #2 how do the changes in line correspond with CWT removals? Being that cows were removed that would increase heifer/cow over normal culling. Sexed semen is always dragged into the discussion but does anyone have any REAL numbers as to how much effect it is having or is it all speculations? DWCovert

  3. I don't think it takes a whole lot of speculation to see the impact of S/S. John's replacement rates are good.

    Go ahead and pull the additional data you suggested and share with us. But I think you'll find the same analysis.