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Wisconsin's milk production rises in February

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Cows in a large milking barn
Cows in a large milking barn

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s dairy cows keep pumping out more milk, while others are cutting back.

The National Ag Statistics Service said the Badger State produced just over 2.1 billion pounds of milk in February. That’s 0.3 percent more than the same 28 days last February, when adjusted for Leap Day.

Nationally, 15.75 billion pounds of milk were produced. That’s down 3.5 percent from the year before.

This might be the last we hear about the subject for a while. The USDA says it will stop issuing several reports – including the monthly milk numbers – because of the federal sequester spending cuts. Officials say the reports won’t return until after the next fiscal year begins in October.

California, the nation’s top producer, had a drop of 8 percent in its milk output last month, to just over 3.5 billion pounds. New York and Idaho were the only other states to produce more than a billion pounds, and both also registered declines.

Wisconsin had almost 1.3 million dairy cows last month, about 40,000 more than a year ago. Each made 1,700 pounds, which held steady.

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