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Current Situation and Analysis
Last Updated: 1/19/2018
NATIONAL HAY PRODUCTION AND STOCKS DOWN

Based on producer surveys, USDA”s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) significantly reduced the U.S. hay yield per acre for 2017, compared to earlier estimates, as reported in the Crop Production 2017 Summary released January 12th. That decline translated into a 1% drop in 2017’s national production estimate.  At 131.5 million tons, U.S. total hay production was the smallest since 2012’s drought devastated crop, and was the third lowest since 1988.     


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U.S. MILK COWHERD: FIRST DOWNTICK IN SEVEN QUARTERS

The U.S. milk cow herd has been expanding at a steady pace (measured in tenths of a percent) since the spring of 2016. That trend came to an end in late 2017. December data is not available yet, but the November herd count was unchanged from October, so the first two months of that quarter showed a decline of 6,000 cows from the summer quarter average. The November milk cow herd was pegged at 9.397 million head by USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service).


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