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May Milk Production

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 -- 11:25 AM

(Wisconsin Ag Connection) -After six consecutive months of lower output, Wisconsin dairy farmers finally produced the same amount of milk in May compared to the same time a year earlier.

According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, the Dairy State harvested 2.38 billion pounds of milk last month, up fractionally from last May, and higher than April's 2.30 billion pounds, which had one more day on the calendar.

Nationally, 16.9 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states, which was up 1.5 percent higher than in 2013.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows in the major dairy states totaled 8.55 million head, 10,000 head more than April 2014. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.26 million head. Production per cow averaged 1,880 pounds.

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