Milk Cost of Production Estimates

Annual milk cost of production estimates vary by State and the size of operation. These estimates are shown below.  For national and regional annual milk cost of production estimates, please go to commodity costs and returns.

Milk cost of production estimates since 2016 are based on the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) data from milk producers, with subsequent updates based upon annual price changes. Estimates for 2010 through 2015 are based on the 2010 ARMS data from milk producers, and 2005 through 2009 are based on the 2005 ARMS data from milk producers. National monthly milk cost of production estimates are available for 2005-2017.

Also see costs and returns estimates for organic milk.

 


Data Set Last Updated Next Update
Recent Milk Cost of Production Estimates-2016 Base
By State 5/1/2020 10/1/2020
By Size of operation 5/1/2020 10/1/2020
Historical Milk Cost of Production Estimates-2010 Base
Annual: By State 10/2/2018
Monthly: National 2/8/2018
Annual: By Size of operation 10/2/2018
Historical Milk Cost of Production Estimates-2005 Base
Monthly: National 1/30/2012
Annual: By State 10/3/2011
Annual: By Size of operation 10/3/2011

Last updated: Thursday, August 06, 2020

For more information, contact: Jeffrey Gillespie