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WASHINGTON -- Dairy herds in Michigan produced 855 million pounds of milk during February, up 11.6 percent from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, Regional Director of USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. The daily rate per cow was 71.2 pounds, up 3.3 pounds from February 2015. The dairy herd was estimated at 414,000 head for February, up 11,000 head from a year earlier.

Dairy herds in Indiana produced 334 million pounds of milk during February, up 8.1 percent from a year ago, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. The daily rate per cow was 62.6 pounds, up 1.7 pounds from February 2015. The dairy herd was estimated at 184,000 head for February, up 3,000 head from a year earlier.

Dairy herds in Ohio produced 440 million pounds of milk during February, up 4.5 percent from a year ago, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. The daily rate per cow was 57.1 pounds, up 1.0 pound from February 2015. The dairy herd was estimated at 266,000 head for February, down 2,000 from a year earlier.

Milk production in the 23 major States during February totaled 15.8 billion pounds, up 4.6 percent from February 2015. The daily production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 63.2 pounds in February, 0.6 pound above February 2015. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.63 million head, 8,000 head more than February 2015, and 2,000 head less than January 2016.

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