Milk production on rise in Kansas as US reacts to high global prices
US dairy farmers are ramping up milk production in response to high global dairy prices.
The latest figures from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) show a 2.7pc rise in milk production in August, compared to the same month last year. Milk production in the 23 major milk-producing states during August totalled 15.7bn pounds (7.12bn litres).
Kansas and Iowa led the increased surge, with Kansas up 8.8pc and Iowa up 8pc. California, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania also reported increases of 1.7-3.5pc last month and only two (Idaho and New Mexico) of the top 10 dairy states reported decreases.
Meanwhile, cow slaughter during August was down compared to August 2013. The USDA report found that dairy cow slaughter fell by 9,000 head (3.2pc) from a year ago. However, total cow slaughter figures are up for 2013 compared to 2012.
Some 2,084,000 dairy cows have been processed through federally inspected plants. That is 46,000 head more than last year, a 2.3pc increase.
NEW ZEALAND FIRMS LOSING OUT IN WAKE OF FONTERRA BOTULISM SCARE
New Zealand dairy companies are losing up to NZ$2m (€1.2m) in sales to China every week since the Fonterra botulism scare in August, according to the New Zealand Infant Formula Exporters Association.
The association has embarked on a mission to assure Chinese customers of the safety of Kiwi dairy products, amid fears that many Chinese consumers remain unaware that the incident was a false alarm.