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Milk production lowered with smaller herd 

Milk production in April declined slightly from last year as farmers kept production stable with a smaller herd. 

USDA says production in the U.S. for the month totaled more than 19 billion pounds, down one percent from last year, with production per cow unchanged from last year. 

The herd size was down 98,000 head on the year to 9.4 million and unchanged from March. 

South Dakota production continues to grow significantly compared to other regions, up nearly 17 percent followed by Georgia, up 12 percent.  Production in New Mexico declined by nearly 13 percent, followed by Florida. Michigan remains the leader in per cow output. 

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