Milk production in the top 23 dairy states was up 3.3 percent in April compared to the same month a year earlier. Across the entire U.S., it was up 3.2 percent.

Dave Kurzawski, dairy analyst with FC Stone/Downes-O’Neill in Chicago, said his initial reaction to the report is “slightly bullish” because the increase wasn’t as high as analysts had predicted.

Yet, it is the 27th month in a row that milk production has grown on a year-over-year basis.

The states showing the largest increases in April were: Utah (7.9 percent), Colorado (6.8 percent) and Michigan (6.2 percent). Pennsylvania showed a 1 percent decrease.

In the top 23 states, the number of milk cows grew by 94,000 head from April 2011 to April 2012. Meanwhile, milk per cow increased 40 pounds — 1,835 to 1,875 — over the same time period.

Milk production up again in April