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Milk production up slightly

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  For the first time in seven months, Wisconsin milk production is up from the year before. The U-S-D-A said the Badger State made 2.3-billion pounds of milk in June -- six-tenths of a percent more than the same month of 2013.

The state's increase was still below the national jump of 1.9-percent. But Wisconsin had six straight months of declines until its May milk production equaled that of the previous year. The long and cold winter was a major reason for the monthly drops in output. Wisconsin had just over 1.25-million cows producing an average of 1,825 pounds of milk last month. That's still 63 pounds below the national figure, which was the highest since the U-S-D-A began keeping track of it in 2003.

The Badger State remains in second-place behind top-producing California. The Golden State had a 1.7- percent hike in its June milk production.