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State Milk Output Falls Again in December
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/24/2014

For the second consecutive month, Wisconsin dairy farmers produced less milk in December compared to the same month a year earlier. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, the Dairy State put out 2.31 billion pounds of milk last month, down two percent from last December, but up from November's 2.21 billion pounds (November has less days on the calendar).

Nationally, 15.7 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states, which was up fractionally higher than in 2012.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.47 billion pounds. Utah had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 174 million pounds of milk in December, up 6.7 percent from the same month last year.

Twelve of the major milk producing states had an increase in production when compared with last year, while eight had a decrease in total output.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows in the major dairy states totaled 8.5 million head, 6,000 head more than December 2012, and 1,000 head more than November 2013. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.27 million head, which was about the same as last year, but 1,000 fewer than last month. Production per cow averaged 1,815 pounds, 35 pounds lower than in December 2012.

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