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U.S. Milk Production Rose During 4Q 2017
USAgNet - 01/25/2018

Milk production in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled 53.1 billion pounds, up 1.1 percent from the three months prior.

The average number of milk cows in the U.S. during the quarter was 9.40 million head, 3,000 head less than the July - September quarter, but 55,000 head more than the same period last year.

During the month of December, California had the highest total production with about 3.3 billion pounds, but was one of just six states that had lower production compared to last year. Colorado had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 369 million pounds of milk in December, up 9.2 percent from the same month last year.

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