California Remains Top Milk
Production State, Nov. 2013
USDA-NASS publication “Milk Production”
publication: “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook”
Milk Advisory Board (CMAB)
CDFA reported the top five milk production states in November 2013 were:
(Percent Change from Same
California has been the nation’s
leading dairy state since 1993, when it surpassed Wisconsin in milk production.
California is ranked first in the U.S. in the production of total milk, butter,
ice cream, nonfat dry milk, and whey protein concentrate. California is second
in cheese production.
USDA estimates overall monthly
milk production across the U.S. was up by 0.1% in November 2013, compared to
November 2012. California milk production increased 0.6% compared to November
2012 (on 1,000 more cows and 10 more pounds of milk per cow).
California accounts for 21% of the
United States’ milk production. In 2012, California produced 42 billion pounds
of milk – more than one-fifth of the nation’s total production. Approximately
40 percent of the total U.S. dairy product exports in 2012 came from
Dairy farming is a leading agricultural
commodity in California, producing $7 billion in annual retail sales in 2012. Currently
there are more than 1,500 California dairy families, whose farms house 1.82
million milk cows. Approximately one out of every five dairy cows in the U.S.
lives in California.
California’s milk standards exceed
federal standards because California processors add nonfat milk solids, which
offer improved taste and nutritional benefits. California milk exceeds the
federal guidelines for the amounts of calcium and protein in each serving.
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