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Wisconsin milk production continues to outpace national output

Cows in a large milking barn
Cows in a large milking barn

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s milk production continues to outpace the country as a whole.

The National Ag Statistics Service said the Badger State’s dairy cows pumped out 4.9 percent more milk in January than in the same month a year ago.

The national increase was just 0.5 percent. And California, America’s top milk producer, had a drop in its output by 4.3 percent, to just under 3.5 billion pounds. Second-place Wisconsin made just over 2.33 billion pounds of milk last month.

The state’s dairy herd grew by about 5,000, to over 1.25 million head. Average production per cow rose by 80 pounds, to 1,870.

Also, the federal government reported a record national milk output for all last year. Just over 200 billion pounds were made last year, with a 0.4 percent national increase in cows.