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Wisconsin, U.S. Cheese Production Increased in January
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/05/2015

Total cheese production in the Dairy State was up for the fifth consecutive month in January. The USDA reports that Wisconsin's dairy plants produced 250.4 million pounds of cheese during the month--which was up 3.3 percent from January 2014, but 0.5 percent lower compared to this past December.

Nationally, 980 million pounds of cheese was produced. That was 2.8 percent more than the same month last year, but 1.9 percent below the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese increased as the state produced 76 million pounds, about 6.9 percent more than last year, and 1.7 percent higher than last month's production. Cheddar output fell by 5.5 percent compared to 2014 to total 46.9 million pounds, and was 2.4 percent less than the month earlier. Italian cheese was at 126.4 million pounds, about 2.9 percent above last year, but 0.8 percent less for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 86.6 million pounds--about 6.8 percent more than January 2014, but down 1.1 percent compared to December 2014.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 23 million pounds, which was up 3.5 percent from last year, but 4.1 percent lower from last month.

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