What has 53 tables, 20 graphs and tells you almost anything you need to know about milk production, dairy product production and sales, and dairy exports and imports?

The answer is the 2014 edition of Dairy Data Highlights, the National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) handy, pocket-sized booklet including national and state milk and dairy production data from the 1970s through 2012 or 2013.

The booklet has been published annually by NMPF for more than 60 years. It is available to NMPF member cooperatives and associate members for a good price. For nonmembers, the cost is a little more.

All aspects of milk and dairy product 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.

New this year is a table showing historical monthly income-over-feed cost margins, as defined by the 2014 Farm Bill for the new Margin Protection Program. The table goes back to January 2000.


Also in the booklet:

  • 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 herd by state, with comparative data from earlier years
  • Class III, manufacturing grade and all-milk wholesale prices by year from 1965
  • Annual wholesale prices for butter, cheddar cheese and nonfat dry milk from 1975
  • The share of commercial sales by product, including milk, butter, cheese, frozen products and nonfat dry milk from 1970
  • Annual production and per-capital consumption of key cheese, butter and frozen products from 1970
  • 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 conversion factors for milk and dairy products

For more information, or to order the 2014 edition of the booklet, visit the NMPF website. PD

—From National Milk Producers Federation news release