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January Milk Production Exceeds 2018 Levels
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/13/2019

Wisconsin dairy cows continued to produce more milk during the month of January than they did a year earlier. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, state output totaled 2.62 billion pounds last month, up three percent from January 2018, and more than December's 2.57 billion.

Nationally, 17.5 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states for the month, which was 1.3 percent more than in 2018, and greater than the previous month's 17.1 billion.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.51 billion pounds. Texas had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 1.12 billion pounds of milk in January, up 6.3 percent from the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.72 million head, 52,000 head less than January 2018, but 2,000 head more than December 2018. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.27 million head, down 1,000 from last month and 5,000 less than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,065 pounds, up 65 pounds from last year's figures.

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