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Wisconsin Milk Production Starts '18 by Exceeding '17 Levels
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/22/2018

Dairy cows in the Badger State continued to produce more milk during the month of January than they did a year earlier. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, state output totaled 2.54 billion pounds last month, up 0.4 percent from January of last year, but down fractionally from December 2017.

Nationally, 17.3 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states, which was 1.8 percent more than in 2017, and greater than the 17 billion pounds made this past December.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.4 billion pounds. Colorado had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 372 million pounds of milk in January, up 10.4 percent from the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.74 million head, 49,000 head more than January 2017, and 4,000 head more than December 2017. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.28 million head, about 1,000 fewer than last month and 5,000 less than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,995 pounds, up 15 pounds from last year's figures.

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