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State Milk Production Falls, While National Output Rises
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/21/2020

Total milk output in America's Dairyland fell slightly during the month of January when compared to the same time last year. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, farmers produced 2.58 billion pounds during the month, down 1.0 percent from January 2019, but higher than December's 2.54 billion pounds.

Nationally, 17.9 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 24 major dairy states for the month. That was a 1.2 percent increase over 2019, and greater than the previous month's 17.4 billion.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.53 billion pounds. Texas had the greatest increase in output as that state produced 1.2 billion pounds of milk--about 7.9 percent more from the same period last year. However, nine of the top 24 states had lower year-to-year production last month.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.82 million head, 16,000 head more than January 2019, and 5,000 head more than December 2019. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.26 million head, which was 2,000 head less than last month, and 10,000 fewer than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,055 pounds, which was 5 pounds per cow less than last year's figures.

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