Milk production up for 20th straight month

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September marked the 20th month in a row that milk production was up on a year-over-year basis.

click image to zoom Milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 14.8 billion pounds in September, up 1.9 percent from September 2010, according to USDA’s “Milk Production” report released on Oct. 19.

Across all 50 states, milk production was up 1.7 percent.

Even in Texas, where severe heat and drought continued to grip the state, milk production was up a whopping 10.1 percent. In California, the No. 1 milk-producing state, production was up 0.6 percent.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,742 pounds for the month, 12 pounds above September 2010.

Meanwhile, the national dairy herd continues to increase. According to the report, the number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.47 million head, 101,000 head more than September 2010 and 1,000 head more than August 2011.

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