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State, National Milk Output Rose in November
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/21/2015

Wisconsin dairy farmers have now seen 19 consecutive months of milk production increases compared to year-ago levels. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, the Dairy State produced 2.34 billion pounds of milk last month, up 4.3 percent from November 2014, but lower than October's 2.44 billion pounds, which had one additional day on the calendar.

Nationally, 15.6 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states, which was up 0.6 percent higher than in 2014, but less than the previous month's 16 billion.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.2 billion pounds, but was one of eight states with lower yearly production for the month. South Dakota had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 199 million pounds of milk in November, up 13.1 percent from the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows in the major dairy states totaled 8.64 million head, 37,000 head more than November 2014, but unchanged from October 2015. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.28 million head. Production per cow averaged 1,835 pounds, up 65 pounds from a year ago.

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