California produces the most milk of any US state. In 2010, California produced 40.4 billion pounds (18.3 billion kg) of milk, about 20% of the US milk supply. California became the top milk producer in 1993, when it surpassed Wisconsin. Although Wisconsin no longer has the distinction of producing the most milk, it continues to make the most cheese.
More about dairy products:
- The US state with the lowest milk production in 2011 was Alaska, producing just 6.9 million pounds (3.13 million kg).
- There were 51,481 dairy farms in the US as of 2011. More than 1,600 of them were in California.
- It is illegal in the US to sell raw milk intended for human consumption across state lines. Some states, however, do allow the sale of raw milk to consumers within that state.