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Wisconsin milk production trends reverse; flat for May

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin dairy farmers have ended six straight months of declining milk production. The U-S-D-A said the Badger State produced the same amount of milk in May as a year ago, just under 2.4-billion pounds.

Wisconsin is the nation's second-largest milk producer.

First-place California had a one-percent increase last month, to 3.7-billion pounds. Nationally, just over 18-billion pounds of milk were made last month. That's up 1.4-percent from May of 2013 -- but U-S dairy farmers are still behind the pace needed to match the entire national output for last year of 206-billion pounds.

Wisconsin averaged 1,880 pounds of milk per cow last month, about 70 pounds less than the national norm. The long cold winter, poor feed quality, and higher cull rates have been listed as the major reasons for Wisconsin's recent declines.

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