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Wisconsin, U.S. Cheese Production Climbed in July
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/02/2016

The USDA reports that Wisconsin's dairy plants are still producing more cheese products on a monthly basis than they did a year earlier. The agency's latest dairy product summary notes that Wisconsin produced 266.1 million pounds of cheese in July--which was up 1.1 percent from July 2015, and 1.5 percent more than this past June. This marks the 22nd consecutive month that monthly production exceeded year-to-year levels.

Nationally, about 1.02 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States. That was 1.4 percent more than the same month last year, and 2.6 percent greater than the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese decreased as the state produced 76.9 million pounds, about 1.9 percent less than last year, but a slight 0.1 percent above last month's production. Cheddar output also fell by 0.4 percent compared to 2015 to total 51.6 million pounds, but rose 0.5 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese was at 136.2 million pounds, about 3.8 percent above last year, and 0.2 percent higher for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 94.4 million pounds--about 3.9 percent more than July 2015, and up 1.8 percent compared to June 2016.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 26.5 million pounds, which was down 4.3 percent from last year, but five percent more than last month.

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