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January Milk Production Up 0.5%

February 20, 2013
By: Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon that milk production was up 0.5% in January for all 50 states. Cow numbers are down 17,000 head from a year ago, but up 7,000 head over December.

For the year, milk production climbed 2.1% to an even 200 billion lb. of milk in 2012. The average production per cow was 21,697 lb., up 361 lb. over 2011 and 15.7% over the last 10 years.

In January, California was down 4.3% in milk production from a year ago, though cow number were down just 2,000 head. Wisconsin was up 4.9% in production, with cow numbers up 5,000.

Idaho was down 1.3%, New York was up 3.1% and Pennsylvania was up 0.9%. The biggest percentage gain came in Kansas, which was up 10.9% over a year ago.

The full report can be read here

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