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U.S. Milk Production, Number of Cows Rose in 2020
USAgNet - 04/30/2021

Milk production in the United States increased 2.2 percent in 2020 to 223 billion pounds. That's according to new figures from the USDA, which show that the rate of milk produced per cow rose 382 pounds over 2019 at 23,777 pounds.

The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.39 million head, up 51,000 head from 2019.

Cash receipts from marketings of milk during 2020 totaled $40.5 billion, up slightly from 2019. Producer returns averaged $18.25 per hundredweight, 2.1 percent below 2019. Marketings totaled 222.1 billion pounds, 2.2 percent above 2019. Marketings include whole milk sold to plants and dealers and milk sold directly to consumers.

An estimated 1.09 billion pounds of milk were used on farms where produced, 6.2 percent more than 2019. Calves were fed 92 percent of this milk, with the remainder consumed in producer households.


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