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State Milk Production Down Slightly In November

State Milk Production Down Slightly In November

Cow numbers are up from a year ago.

November 2011 milk production totaled 716 million pounds in Minnesota, down 0.1 percent from the 717 million pounds produced in November 2010, according to the USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office.

Revised October 2011 milk output was 725 million pounds.

Minnesota's production per cow averaged 1,520 pounds in November 2011, down 5 pounds from last November. The revised October 2011 rate was 1,540 pounds per cow. The average number of milk cows on farms in Minnesota during November 2011 was 471,000 head, unchanged from the October 2011 number but up 1,000 head from one year ago.

Accumulated Minnesota milk production for the first eleven months of 2011 was 8.16 billion pounds, down 1.2 percent from the same period a year ago.

Across 23 major states, U.S milk production during November totaled 14.7 billion pounds, up 2.2 percent from November 2010. October revised production at 15.2 billion pounds, was up 2.5 percent from October 2010.

Production per cow in the 23 states averaged 1,738 pounds for November, 16 pounds above November 2010.  The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.48 million head, 108,000 head more than November 2010, but unchanged from October 2011.

Accumulated milk production in the 23 major states for the first eleven months of 2011 was 167.3 billion pounds, up 2.0 percent from the same period a year ago.

Source: USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office

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