June milk production up 2.7% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Milk production in the 23 major producing states totaled 15.2 billion lbs in June, up 2.7% from June 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Milk Production report.

Milk production for May 2010 was revised to 15.8 billion lbs, up 1.5% from May 2009 and up 40 million lbs from the preliminary production estimate. The June increase was the fifth consecutive year-over-year increase in monthly production and the largest increase during the period.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,816 lbs in June, up 67 lbs from the June 2009 average. There were 8.35 million dairy cows on farms during the month, which was 87,000 head less than in June 2009 but 10,000 more than in May 2010.

Second-quarter total U.S. milk production was 49.7 billion lbs, up 1.7% from the same period in 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.11 million head, 151,000 head fewer than a year earlier.
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