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Wisconsin dairy cow production outpaces national average

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin dairy cows continue to pump out more milk than the national average.

New federal figures show that Wisconsin made just over 2.3 billion pounds of milk in April. That’s up by 1.3 percent from the same month last year.

The national increase was 0.2 percent, to just over 17.25 billion pounds.

Wisconsin is the nation’s second-largest milk producer, but it’s been catching up on first-place California. The Golden State made 0.2 percent less milk last month than the year before, with a total of 3.6 billion pounds.

Of the 23 major milk-producing states, 13 had year-to-year increases, including 3rd-place New York and 4th-place Idaho. Pennsylvania, the 5th-largest milk producer, had steady output from last year.