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February Milk Output Rises 4.6% over Year-Earlier Levels

March 19, 2012

Driven by strong dairy prices, U.S. dairies continue to expand production, herds.

Driven by strong dairy prices, U.S. milk production continued its upward trend in February, rising 4.6% over year-earlier levels.
Milk production in the 23 major states totaled 15.2 billion pounds, USDA reported today. That output was actually up 8.3% from February 2011, but the percentage increase was adjusted lower after factoring in last month’s additional leap-year day.
Per-cow production averaged 1,782 pounds, 117 pounds above February 2011.

The nation’s dairy herd grew to 8.51 million head, an increase of 102,000 over February 2011 – and 8,000 more than January 2012.

Western states showed strong milk output last month, with California increasing its milk production by a whopping 10.9% over February 2011. The Golden State produced 3.506 billion pounds of milk in February 2012.

Likewise, Arizona’s production rose 11.9% over February 2011. Colorado climbed 12.2%, New Mexico 8.7%, Utah 12.4% and Washington 9.0%.
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