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Wisconsin's dairy cows outshine peers in production nationwide

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Wisconsin's dairy cows made more milk in October than a year ago, while farmers nationally made less.

Last month, 2.1 billion pounds of milk were produced in the Badger State, up 3.5 percent from the year before.

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But production dropped by over 1 percent in the 23 major dairy states, to around 14 billion pounds.

Wisconsin's dairy herd grew by 5,000 from a year ago, to just more than 1.25 million head.

And the production per cow rose by 75 pounds in the state, compared with a national increase of 21 pounds.

California, the nation's top milk producer, had a 3.5 percent decrease in its October output.

Most of the Western and Southwest states had declines except for Texas, which had a 2 percent increase.

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