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If You’re Involved in Milk Production, You Need this New Book!

October 9, 2013

Updated Dairy Data Highlights Now Available from NMPF

ARLINGTON, VA – Need to know the nation’s top 10 milk-producing states? How about Class III milk prices by month going back eight years? Or perhaps you need the top 10 export markets for U.S. dairy products in 2012.

All that and more is available in the latest edition of Dairy Data Highlights from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). The handy, pocket-size booklet includes 53 tables and 19 graphs filled with national and state milk and dairy production data from the mid-1970s through 2012.

Dairy Data Highlights has been published annually by NMPF for more than 60 years. A must for anyone involved in milk production, it is available to NMPF member cooperatives and associate members for $7.50 a copy, or $5 for orders of more than 10 copies. For nonmembers, the cost is $10 for single copies or $7.50 for bulk orders. An order form is available on the NMPF website.

All aspects of milk and dairy products production are covered, as well as producer, wholesale and retail milk and dairy product prices; federal milk marketing orders; sales and consumption data for milk and dairy products, and comparative information for U.S. dairy imports and exports. Specific tables include:

  • National milk production data going back to 1925;
  • Cow numbers, farms and herd size data going back to 1950;
  • Milk production and prices, production-per-cow, cow numbers and dairy farms by state, with comparative data from the 1980s and 1990s;
  • Class III, manufacturing grade and all-milk wholesale prices by year from 1965;
  • Annual wholesale prices for butter, cheddar cheese, and nonfat dry milk;
  • The ratio of feed prices to milk prices by month;
  • The share of commercial sales by product—including milk, butter, cheese, frozen products and nonfat dry milk;
  • Annual production and per-capital consumption of key cheese, butter and frozen products from 1975;
  • Annual exports of milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and nonfat dry milk by region and country;
  • A short glossary of dairy industry terms and useful conversions factors for milk and dairy products.


The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies.