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State's milk production down in third quarter

Milk production in North Dakota during July, August and September totaled 119 million pounds, down about 10 percent from the third quarter of 2005 and down 5 percent from the from the second quarter of this year.

Milk production in North Dakota during July, August and September totaled 119 million pounds, down about 10 percent from the third quarter of 2005 and down 5 percent from the from the second quarter of this year.

The average number of milk cows during the quarter stood at 31,000, down 1,000 from both a year earlier and the previous quarter, the Agriculture Department said.

Milk produced per cow was 3,850 pounds, compared with 4,110 pounds from the previous year, and 3,910 pounds from the previous quarter.

Nationwide, milk production for the three months totaled 44.7 billion pounds, up 1.4 percent from 2005.

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