Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Milk production in West Virginia fell by 14 percent and cash receipts from sales fell by 12 percent last year.
Figures released Monday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service show a total of 181 million pounds of milk were produced in 2008, compared to 195 million pounds in 2007. Cash receipts from milk sales fell from $38.2 million to $33.7 million.
Producers marketed 179 million pounds in 2008, down from 193 million pounds in 2007.
The number of milk cows in the state declined from 13,000 head in 2007 to 12,000. The average milk production per cow rose slightly, from 15,000 pounds in 2007 to 15,083.
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