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Wisconsin, U.S. Cheese Production Rose in August
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/06/2017

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 272.2 million pounds of cheese in August--which was up 1.5 percent from August 2016, but a slight 0.8 percent less than this past July. The state has now produced more cheese products on a year-to-year basis for 36 consecutive month, with the exception of this past December.

Nationally, about 1.03 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States. That was 2.3 percent more than the same month last year, but slightly less than the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese increased as the state produced 74.9 million pounds, up fractionally from last year, but 3.1 percent lower than last month's production. Cheddar output fell 2.9 percent compared to 2016 to total 48.6 million pounds, and dropped 7.4 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese was at 143.4 million pounds, 4.6 percent above last year, and 0.3 percent more than last month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 94.5 million pounds--about 2.2 percent more than August 2016, but 2.1 percent below July 2017.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin came in at 30.5 million pounds, which was up 20 percent from last year, but 4.9 percent less compared to last month.

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