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State milk production continues to increase

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 two-tenths-of-a-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 two-tenths-of-a-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 third-place New York and fourth-place Idaho. Pennsylvania, the fifth-largest milk producer, had steady output from last year.

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