MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milk production has slowed down in Wisconsin and Minnesota, in part because dairy cows there haven’t been as productive.

Wisconsin dairy farmers harvested 2.28 billion pounds of milk in May. That’s a 2 percent decrease from May of last year.

And in Minnesota, production for May was down 3 percent from the same month last year, to 789 million pounds.

In both states, the number of dairy cows had gone up. But in both cases, the average volume that each cow produced was down.

Despite Wisconsin’s decrease, it remains the nation’s second-leading milk producer. The leader by far is still California, which produced 3.7 billion pounds, a 4 percent increase.

Across the U.S., milk production was up 2 percent in May. The nation’s dairy farmers harvested 16.0 billion pounds.

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Comments (4)
  1. GN says:

    I wonder when the government is going to repeal the 1931 farm act that pays dairy farmers a subsidy based on the distance from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This would be another deficit reducing move especially if the government employees that administer the program would go away also. Sorry folks but if people in the country actually understood how bad they are getting ripped off by agriculture and the massive tax dollars that are funneled to the banking industry in one direction and the union controlled manufacturing in the other it should create a vote rebellion.

  2. Mannly says:

    Turns out Dayton even has the cows scared into lower production.

  3. Primetime Editorials says:

    I love cows I wanna milk one right now

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