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Illinois milk production down; U.S. numbers up

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Milk production in Illinois during October totaled 153 million pounds, 4 million pounds below October 2009. November production decreased 1 million pounds from last year to 152 million pounds.
The number of milk cows on farms averaged 98,000 head for both months, down 3,000 head from last year.
Milk per cow averaged 1,560 pounds for October, up 10 from October 2009. November milk per cow was 1,550 pounds, up 40 from last year.
Estimated milk production in the U.S. during October totaled 15.9 billion pounds, up 3 percent from October 2009. November production was also up 3 percent from last year to 15.5 billion pounds.
Production per cow averaged 1,740 pounds for October, 45 pounds above October 2009. November production per cow averaged 1,696 pounds, an increase of 38 pounds from November 2009.
The number of milk cows on farms in the U.S. was 9.12 million head in October, up slightly from October 2009. Milk cows on farms in the U.S. was 9.12 million head in November, up slightly from the total in November 2009.