Wisconsin Sees Record Milk Production in 2013
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/05/2014
America's Dairyland stayed true to its name in 2013 as the state set another record for total milk production. The latest government figures from USDA confirmed that Wisconsin produced 27.6 billion pounds of milk last year. Milk per cow also rose to an all-time high of 21,693 pounds.
As of January 1, there were 10,541 licensed milk cow operations in the state. That was down 614 from a year ago.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin's overall livestock inventory did declined last year. As of January 1, about 3.35 million head of cattle were counted in the state, down 100,000 head from the previous year. But milk cow numbers held steady at 1.27 million head--keeping Wisconsin second behind California for number of milk cows.
Nationally, cattle the inventory was 87.7 million head, down two percent from 2013. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951.