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Milk production tops 200 billion pounds in the U.S.


MADISON (WKOW) -- According to, milk production in the United States has topped 200 billion pounds in 2012.  That's a first in one calendar year.

The monthly report for December came out Wednesday afternoon and noted the nation's total for last year was 200.284 billion pounds, up by 2.1 percent from 2011.

Among individual states in the December numbers, Wisconsin and California continued their recent trends.

With a 5.5-percent increase for December, Wisconsin posted a record high production for any month ever with 2.343 billion pounds while California slipped by 2.3 percent to 3.416 billion pounds.

Unofficially, Wisconsin had a record total milk production of 27.23 billion pounds during 2012. This would be an increase of just over 4.2 percent compared to 2011.

Average milk per cow helped push the Dairyland state to its record production for December.

Compared to a year ago, cow numbers were also up, and the average milk per cow in the state jumped by 90 pounds.

In addition to California, only four other states among the top 23 - Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, and Texas - recorded a December to December milk production decrease, all less than one percent.

Average milk per cow in the top 23 states was 1,848 pounds - up by 30 pounds from a year ago.

In the spot market for dairy commodities on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, prices slipped again for the period through Wednesday of this week.

Except for an uncovered offer to sell one carload of Cheddar barrel cheese, there was no activity in the spot market for cheese, leaving the closing prices at $1.66 per pound for Cheddar blocks and $1.60 for barrels.

Earlier this week, Cooperatives Working Together announced the acceptance of a batch of 19 bids from Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms, Darigold Cooperative, United Dairymen of Arizona, the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, Upstate Niagara O-AT-KA, and the Michigan Milk Producers Association.

The bids were for financial assistance on the export of 3.814 million pounds of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and 2.423 million pounds of butter to countries in Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Deliveries are scheduled through June.

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