ALBANY — New York dairy herds produced 933 million pounds of milk during February, according to Stephen Ropel, director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.Milk cows declined from the previous year while milk per cow increased from the previous year resulting in a 2 percent decline in milk production compared to February 2006. The number of milk cows averaged 628,000 head, down 17,000 head from February of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1,485 pounds, up 10 pounds from the February 2006 rate.Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $15.10 per hundred pounds of milk sold during February, up 30 cents from January and 80 cents above February a year ago. Milk production in the 23 major states during February totaled 13.1 billion pounds, up .9 percent from February 2006. January revised production, at 14.3 million pounds, was up 1.8 percent from January 2006. The January revision represented an increase of 48 million pounds or, .3 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,586 pounds for February, no change from February 2006. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.28 million head, 71,000 head more than February 2006, but 3,000 head fewer than January 2007.
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