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Published September 28, 2010, 11:14 AM

Idaho milk production continues to rise

BOISE, Idaho — The latest national farm figures show milk production in Idaho continues to increase.

BOISE, Idaho — The latest national farm figures show milk production in Idaho continues to increase.

For the month of August, Gem State dairies produced a total of 1.15 billion pounds, up slightly from 1.12 reported in July and 7.8 percent more than August 2009.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service also reports growth in the number of milk cows around the state. Last month, Idaho dairy farmers reported an average of 573,000 cows, up 4,000 from July and 25,000 during the same period a year ago.

Milk prices are also creeping up. In August, Idaho producers fetched $15.50 per hundredweight, compared to $14.60 in July and $11.60 a year ago.

The nation’s 23 major dairy states reported increases in total production compared to August 2009.

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