Milk production in the top 23 milk-producing states totaled 14.0 billion pounds in February, up 2.4 percent from the same month a year earlier. January revised production at 15.2 billion pounds, was up 2.5 percent from January 2010. The January revision represented a decrease of 21 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Across all 50 states, milk production was up 2.0 percent, according to the “Milk Production” report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 18th.

The number of milk cows in the 23 states was 8.4 million head, up 81,000 head from February 2010, but no change from January 2011. Production per cow in the top 23 milk-producing states averaged 1,666 pounds for February, 24 pounds above February 2010.

Among the top 23 states, Florida showed the highest percentage increase in milk production at 12.2 percent. California, the nation’s No. 1 milk-producing state, was up 2.4 percent. Missouri declined by 2.7 percent.