US milk production growth expected to continue into 2016

Published 13 May 15

US milk production is expected to grow 2.4% in 2016 compared to this year, according to the latest USDA forecast. Better forage availability and moderate feed costs are expected to support yields, taking annual production to 94.1 billion litres.

However the USDA has trimmed 0.7% off its forecast for this year, reducing it to 91.9 billion litres. This is largely due to drought conditions in parts of the west continuing to affect yields, but despite this production is still expected to grow 1.3% from 2014.

US milk production
  2014      2015         (Apr proj.)   2015    (May proj.)   2016    (May proj.)
Production (bn litres) 90.7 92.5 91.9 94.1
% change  - 2.0% 1.3% 2.4%

Source: USDA