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Wisconsin Cheese Output Fell in November
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/06/2014

For the second time in over two years, Wisconsin's total cheese production was lower during the month of November when compared to the same time a year earlier. The USDA reports that the state's dairy plants produced 235.2 million pounds of cheese during the month--which was down a slight 0.1 percent from November 2012, and 3.4 percent less than this past October (partly due to the fact that November has less days on the calendar). In August, monthly output was also below year-ago levels--which was the first time that happened since 2011.

Nationally, 941 million pounds of cheese was produced--about 2.9 percent more than November 2012, but 3.1 percent below the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese decreased as the state produced 65.4 million pounds, about 4.1 percent less than last year, and 4.6 percent below last month's production. Cheddar output fell by 6.7 percent compared to 2012 to total 42.3 million pounds, and was 6.6 percent lower from the month earlier. Italian production was at 120.7 million pounds, up 1.5 percent above last year, but 0.8 percent less for the month. And Mozzarella cheese in Wisconsin totaled 80.4 million pounds--about 0.3 percent less than November 2012, but unchanged from October 2013.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 21.9 million pounds, which was down 3.3 percent from last year, but two percent more than last month.

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