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Still Going: State Milk Output Rises 24 Months in a Row!
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/20/2016

Wisconsin dairy farmers have now seen two full years of consecutive monthly increases in milk production compared to year-ago levels. According to the USDA's monthly milk production report, the Dairy State produced 2.50 billion pounds of milk last month, up 4.6 percent from April 2015, but lower than March's 2.56 billion pounds (which had more days on the calendar).

Nationally, 16.8 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 17.2 billion.

California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.48 billion pounds, despite being one of just six states with lower annual output. South Dakota once again had the greatest increase in year-to-year output as that state produced 210 million pounds of milk in April, up 10.5 percent from the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.65 million head, 21,000 head more than April 2015, and 4,000 head more than March 2016. The average number of milk cows on Wisconsin farms for the month was 1.28 million head, about 1,000 more than last year. Production per cow averaged 1,960 pounds, up 85 pounds from a year ago.

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