Wisconsin's milk production up 2% year-over-year to 2.09 billion lbs. in November, USDA says; average output reaches 1,738 lbs./cow, up 16 lbs. from last year

MADISON, Wisconsin , December 20, 2011 (press release) – In November 2011, Wisconsin milk production rose 2 percent, to 2.09 billion pounds. Milk per cow averaged 1,655 pounds, up 25 pounds from last year. There were 1.27 million milk cows in the state during November. This was 1,000 more than last month, but the same as the previous year. As of DecemÔÇÉ ber 1, 2011, Wisconsin had 11,786 licensed milk cow herds, down 69 from last month and down 681 from December 2010.

Total milk production in the 23 major states was 14.7 billion pounds in November. This was an increase of 2 percent over the previous year. Production per cow rose to 1,738 pounds, 16 pounds more than last November. The number of milk cows in the major states totaled 8.48 million head, the same as last month and 108,000 more than last year.

Sixteen states had higher milk production when compared with last November, 6 had lower production, and 1, Vermont, was unchanged. Milk cow numbers were higher in many states when compared with last November. California had 27,000 more cows, the largest increase of any state, followed by Texas, which had 20,000 more cows. Cow numbers in New Mexico rose by 14,000 and Michigan rose by 9,000.

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