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Wisconsin's milk production falls in December

A dairy farm in Wisconsin
A dairy farm in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - For the second month in a row, Wisconsin's milk production was lower in December than it was a year earlier.

According to new federal figures, Wisconsin pumped out 2.3 billion pounds of milk last month -- down 1.9 percent from the previous December.

The state's dairy herd remained steady at 1.27 million cows, but the production per cow dropped 35 pounds to an average of 1,815.

Nationally, the year-to-year milk output was unchanged for the second straight month. The nation produced 16.8 billion pounds last month. The 23 major dairy states had a slight increase from a year ago, with 15.7 billion pounds produced.  

California remains the number one milk state, making almost 3.5 billion pounds in December. That was up by 1.6 percent from the year before, as the Golden State widened its production gap over second-place Wisconsin.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)