April milk production increases

ALBANY – New York dairy herds produced 1,138 million pounds of milk during April according to Blair Smith, State Statistician of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. This is up 1.7 percent from a year earlier but down 1.9 percent from March.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $20.20 per hundredweight of milk sold during April, down $0.20 from March but $2.30 more than April a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major States during April totaled 16.1 billion pounds, up 0.3 percent from April 2012. March production, unrevised at 16.4 billion pounds, was down 0.1 percent from March 2012.