Milk production rose in November

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Milk Production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 14.7 billion pounds in November, up 2.2 percent from the same month a year earlier.

Across all 50 states, milk production was up 1.8 percent, according to USDA’s “Milk Production” report released on Dec. 19.

States that showed the highest production increase in November were: Texas, Florida and Arizona at 8.4 percent, 6.6 percent and 6 percent, respectively. California, the nation’s No. 1 milk-producing state, was up 2.4 percent. Pennsylvania was down 2 percent.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,738 pounds for November — 16 pounds higher than November 2010.

The number of milk cows on farms on the 23 major states was 8.48 million head, 108,000 more than November 2010, but unchanged from October 2011, according to the USDA report.

November’s increase was the 22nd month in a row that milk production has grown on a year-over-year basis.

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