Milk produced per cow 1999-2018

The amount of milk produced per cow in the United States has increased each year since 1999, from 17.76 thousand pounds per year to around 23.17 thousand pounds in 2018. This figure is expected to increase to 23.5 thousand pounds of milk per cow by 2019.

Milk Production Worldwide

On a global scale, the production volume of cow milk reached over 500 million metric tons in 2018 and is expected to increase slightly in the next year. In 2018, the 28 member states of the European Union produced the most milk of any country, by a large margin. The United States was the second leading producer of milk in that year.

Declining Milk Consumption in the U.S.

While the global production volume of milk, as well as milk production per cow have increased significantly over the last several years, per capita consumption of fluid milk in the United States has seen a steady decrease year after year. In 2000, the average American consumed around 197 pounds of milk over the course of the year, and by 2018, the per capita consumption of fluid milk stood at only 146 pounds.

Milk produced per cow in the United States from 1999 to 2018 (in pounds)**

Production per cow in pounds
199917,763
200018,197
200118,162
200218,608
200318,759
200418,960
200519,550
200619,895
200720,204
200820,397
200920,561
201021,142
201121,334
201221,722
201321,816
201422,259
201522,393
201622,775
201722,941
201823,173
2019*23,505
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Sources

Release date

March 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1999 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Forecasted.
** Excludes milk sucked by calves.
Data for 1999-2014 were taken from previous USDA Milk Production reports.

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