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Wisconsin dairy cows produce over 21,000 pounds of milk in 2013

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The average Wisconsin dairy cow made almost 21,700 pounds of milk last year -- almost 130 pounds less than the national average.  

The National Ag Statistics Service has issued its final dairy production numbers for 2013. They show that Wisconsin remains a distant second to California in its milk output.  

The Badger State made 27.5 billion pounds last year from 1.3 million cows. California pumped out 41 billion pounds, with a half-million cows more than Wisconsin had.  

However, the Badger State is still the nation's big cheese, producing 26 percent of all the cheese made throughout the country.

About one of every six dairy plants throughout the U.S. is located in Wisconsin. The state had 203 plants making at least one type of product in 2013. That's three less than the year before.  

The nation also had a small decrease in its nearly 1,300 dairy plants. Still, U.S. milk production rose by three-tenths of a percent last year, and cheese production was up two percent.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)