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U.S. milk production continues long-term upward trend

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U.S. milk production continues long-term upward trend
The number of milk cows in the United States has generally fallen over the past 30 years, but milk output has risen more than 50 percent since 1980 and now exceeds 200 billion pounds per year. Genetic developments and technological improvements underlie a pronounced upward trend in milk output per cow. Consolidation in the dairy sector also has facilitated efficiency gains in milk production.

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