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State Cheese Output Rises for 16 Consecutive Months
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/04/2016

The USDA reports that Wisconsin's dairy plants continue to make history by producing more cheese products each month than the same period a year prior for 16 straight months. The latest dairy product summary by USDA notes that Wisconsin produced 262 million pounds of cheese in January--which was up 4.0 percent from January 2015, but 3.9 percent less than this past December.

Nationally, just over a billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States. That was 2.6 percent more than the same month last year, but 2.6 percent less than the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese increased as the state produced 80.9 million pounds, about 4.6 percent more than last year, and 1.6 percent above last month's production. Cheddar output rose by 3.3 percent compared to 2015 to total 56.7 million pounds, and was up 5.0 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese was at 131.8 million pounds, about 4.3 percent above last year, but 5.6 percent lower for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 89.7 million pounds--about 4.7 percent more than January 2015, but down 7.0 percent compared to December 2015.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 25.6 million pounds, which was up 11.2 percent from last year, but 5.3 percent less than last month.

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