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Wisconsin Breaks Another Milk Per Cow Record
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/22/2016

Wisconsin dairy farmers have now seen 25 consecutive months of milk production increases compared to year-ago levels. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, the Dairy State produced 2.64 billion pounds of milk last month, up 4.2 percent from May 2015, and above April's 2.50 billion pounds (which had less days on the calendar).

Nationally, 17.5 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states, which was up 1.2 percent higher than in 2015, but less than the previous month's 16.8 billion.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.6 billion pounds, despite being one of just six states with lower annual output. South Dakota had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 219 million pounds of milk in March, up 9.5 percent from the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.64 million head, 11,000 head more than May 2015, but unchanged from April 2016. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.28 million head. Production per cow averaged an all-time high of 2,060 pounds, up 85 pounds from a year ago.

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