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State, National Milk Output Rose in January
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/22/2016

Wisconsin dairy farmers have now seen 21 consecutive months of milk production increases compared to year-ago levels. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, the Dairy State produced 2.50 billion pounds of milk last month, up 4.1 percent from January 2015, and above December's 2.47 billion pounds.

Nationally, 16.6 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states, which was up 0.3 percent higher than in 2015, and more than the previous month's 16.4 billion.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.43 billion pounds, but was one of six states with lower yearly production for the month. South Dakota had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 211 million pounds of milk in January, up 12.2 percent from the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the number number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.63 million head, 6,000 head more than January 2015, but 11,000 head less than December 2015. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.28 million head. Production per cow averaged 1,960 pounds, up 70 pounds from a year ago.

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