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Wisconsin cows out-produce California 'cousins'

Wisconsin's milk production kept rising last month and that bucked a national trend.

The Badger State made almost 2.2 billion pounds of milk in March. That's up 1.6 percent from a year ago.

Production in the 23 major dairy states dropped 0.2 from the previous year. It totaled 15.2 billion pounds.

The 50-state average was down 0.3 percent, the first monthly decline since June of 2004.

California, the nation's top milk producer, had a 3.8 percent drop in its March output.

The Golden State's dairy herd dropped by about 20,000 cows, while Wisconsin added 5,000 cows in March.

The production per cow also grew in Wisconsin by about 25 pounds, while it dropped 55 pounds in California.

For the first quarter of the year, the Badger State's milk output grew by 0.3 percent, while the national production fell by 0.6 percent.