Milk production of Ohio dairy herds

It is always important to monitor the yield of milk and the composition of milk, especially for the individual farmer, because the income of the dairy farm depends on this source of revenue. The yields of protein and fat are the primary determinants of the price received by farmers. The proportions of fat and protein are useful in monitoring cow health and feeding practices within a farm. The income over feed costs (IOFC) and feed costs per hundred of milk are important monitors of costs of milk production.
The average production of milk, fat, and protein by breed for Ohio dairy herds in 2014 using the Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI;http://www.dhiohio.com) program are provided in Table 1. Not all herds on DHI are included in the table below because of the different testing options offered by DHI, some herds opt for no release of records, lack of sufficient number of test dates, and given that some of the herds consist of other breeds than the ones shown. In comparison, the average of milk yield for all cows (270,000) in Ohio for 2014 was 20,178 lb milk and 775 lb milk fat (3.84%).

Table 1. Number of herds, milk yield, milk fat, and milk protein by breed for Ohio herds on DHI during 2014.

Breed

Number of Herds

Milk (lb/lactation)

Milk fat (%)

Milk protein (%)

Ayrshire

10

17,246

3.84

3.24

Brown Swiss

18

20,440

4.30

3.44

Guernsey

6

17,312

4.80

3.74

Holstein

315

24,552

3.71

3.09

Jersey

64

17,171

4.96

3.71

Mixed

34

19,666

4.13

3.36

 

Check Also

206 Bushel per acre soybeans at CTC 24

By Mark Badertscher, Randall Reeder, Adapted from C.O.R.N 2024-04 The Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference …

One comment

  1. Thanks for this very informative article.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *