March milk outturn up 2.4% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Milk production in the 23 major producing states totaled 15.1 billion lbs in March, up 2.4% from the same month of 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Milk Production report (click here to read report).

Production per cow in the 23 major producing states averaged 1,795 lbs for March, which was 12 lbs more than in March 2007. Additionally, there were 8.44 million milk cows on farms in the 23 states, which was a 141,000-head increase from March 2007 and a 9,000-head increase from February 2008.

Milk production for February was revised to 13.9 billion lbs, up 6.2% from February 2007. The revision was an increase of 23 million lbs from the preliminary production estimate. February 2008 included one more production day due to leap year.

First quarter 2008 milk production for the entire U.S. totaled 47.6 billion lbs, up 3.2% from the January-March period in 2007, the U.S.D.A. said.

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