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Scope

The data set currently contains one dozen (12) tables describing various facets of the U.S. dairy industry.  All of the tables include data compiled from a variety of sources including USDA agencies and individual States.  Four (4) of the tables contain monthly data, one (1) contains quarterly data, and the remaining seven (7) contain annual data.

Sources

The primary sources of data for the tables:

Updates

The timing of updates is linked to releases of reports by the sources listed above.  In general, the target date for posting annual tables containing the most recent revised annual data is during the June-August period.  Updated monthly tables are posted at various dates toward the end of each month.  The one quarterly table is updated soon after revised data for the ending month of the quarter is available.

Historic data

Previously published historical dairy data is available in a Dairy Yearbook accessible through the USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS), a collaborative project between the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University and several agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Yearbook contains data on production, supply, use of milk and manufactured dairy products, wholesale and retail price indexes, prices received by farmers, milk production costs, and regional shares of U.S. milk production among other information. The archived Yearbook was last updated in September 2005.

Last updated: Thursday, July 05, 2012

For more information contact: Roger Hoskin and Donald Blayney

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