ND milk production in 2nd quarter upfrom 2011

FARGO, N.D. -- Milk production in North Dakota during July, August and September totaled 85 million pounds, up 2 percent from the third quarter of 2011.

The Agriculture Department says the average number of milk cows during the three months was 18,000. That was unchanged from the second quarter of this year but down 1,000 cows over the year.