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Published July 20, 2009, 09:23 AM

Wisconsin milk production bucks national decline

Wisconsin News
Wisconsin’s milk production kept rising last month despite a decrease nationally.

Wisconsin’s milk production kept rising last month despite a decrease nationally.

Farmers in the Badger State made just more than $2.1 billion pounds of milk in June, up 2.8 percent from the same month last year.

Production in the 23 major dairy states fell 0.1 percent to almost 15 billion pounds. That was the first year-to-year decline for June in five years.

The National Ag Statistics Service said the average production per cow rose by 10 pounds since last June. But the number of dairy cows dropped by about 56,000.

Wisconsin added 5,000 cows, and each cow made an average of 40 pounds more.

California’s milk production kept dropping.

The Golden State made just more than 3.25 billion pounds of milk in June, down by more than 4 percent from a year ago.

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