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State Milk Production Rises for First Time in 9 Months
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/20/2020

After eight consecutive months of lower year-to-year output, Wisconsin farmers produced more milk during the month of July compared to the same time in 2019. The USDA reports that production in America's Dairyland totaled 2.61 billion pounds during the month--up 0.6 percent from last July, and higher than the 2.55 billion made in June 2020 (which had less days on the calendar).

Nationally, 17.8 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 24 major dairy states for the month. That was a 1.5 percent increase from 2019, and higher than the previous month's 17.8 billion.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.4 billion pounds. South Dakota had the greatest percent-increase in output as that state produced 262 million pounds of milk--about 11.5 percent more from the same period last year. Seventeen of the top 24 states had higher year-to-year production last month.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.83 million head, 44,000 head more than July 2019, and 2,000 head more than June 2020. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.26 million head, unchanged from last month, but down 11,000 from last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,080 pounds, which was 30 pounds per cow less than last year's figures.


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