“No matter how black a cow is, the milk is always white”, as the old saying goes. Milk is counted among the most essential staple foods, is an important part of a balanced diet and contains, among other vital nutrients, a high percentage of calcium. In 2017, worldwide milk production amounted to about 502.82 million metric tons. Among the major producers, the United States was ranked second with a milk production amounting to over 96 million metric tons in 2016.
California and Wisconsin represent the most important milk producing states in the U.S. milk market. Combined they accounted for a production volume of about 70 billion pounds of milk in 2016. Wisconsin is also known as “America’s Dairyland”, whereas California advertises with the slogan “Happy cows come from California”.
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