Under Donald Trump, South Dakota dairy farmers are squeezing more teats. A new release from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says that South Dakota had more cows and more milk in August:
Milk production in South Dakota during August 2018 totaled 232 million pounds, up 3 percent from August 2017, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 121,000 head, 3,000 head more than August 2017. Milk production per cow averaged 1,915 pounds [USDA NASS, “South Dakota Milk Production,” 2018.09.19].
Nationwide, we’ve been squeezing more milk out of our dairy herd every month this year compared to last:
South Dakota ties with Oregon for the 18th-largest dairy herd in the U.S. But since we get more milk per cow than Oregon and Ohio (we’re 12th in milk per cow), we rank 17th in overall milk production.