June milk production in Wisconsin increased less than 1 percent over the previous June, but the state is still lagging behind 2013’s numbers for year-to-date production, according to data released Monday.

State milk production was 2.31 billion pounds last month, which was 140 million pounds more than June 2013 or a 0.6 percent increase, according to National Agricultural Statistics Service data.

It was the second straight month where production broke a record for the month that was set the previous year. The May production increase also ended a six-month string during which state milk production failed to increase over the same month from last year.

State milk production for the year is 136 million pounds behind — or just less than 1 percent — last year through June, the data show. State milk production per cow was 1,825 pounds in June, which was a 2.9 percent drop from last month.

Nationally, milk production reached 16.2 billion pounds, which was a 2 percent increase from June 2013, the data showed. Milk production per cow decreased 4.9 percent from last month.

Wisconsin’s milk production increase compared to June 2013 was the sixth best among the top nine milk- producing states. Milk production per cow dropped in eight of those nine states compared to last month.

“I would consider that a neutral report for Wisconsin,” said Brian Gould, a UW-Madison ag and applied economics professor.

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Rob Schultz has won multiple writing awards at the state and national levels and covers an array of topics for the Wisconsin State Journal in south-central and southwestern Wisconsin.

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