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Milk production impacted by harsh winter

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   The brutal Wisconsin winter has been just as hard on dairy cows as on people -- and that's why the state's milk production took a sizable drop from a year ago. The U-S-D-A said Wisconsin made 2.3-billion pounds of milk in January -- down 2.9-percent from the same month a year ago.

The average cow in the Badger State made 55 fewer pounds of milk, around 1,815 pounds for the month.

The Farm Journal's Ag Web said the cold weather is forcing cows to eat more dry matter just to maintain their body conditions, much less their milk-producing abilities. Some handlers reportedly had a 5-percent decline for January. It was the third straight month that Wisconsin dairy production went down.

Meanwhile, California -- the nation's top milk producer -- had a 4.7percent increase in its January out-put. Nationally, milk production was up around one-percent last month.