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Cheese Production Was Up During February
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/05/2012

Wisconsin's total cheese production for February was higher compared to year-ago levels. The USDA reports that the state's dairy plants produced 211.7 million pounds of cheese during the month--which was up 4.1 percent from this time last year, but down 5.8 percent compared to January 2012. Leap day meant that the calendar had an extra day during the month compared to February 2011; but also means there's less days to compare production figures from January.

Nationally, 858 million pounds of cheese was produced--up 6.2 percent from the same month in 2011, but 5.8 percent below the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese increased as the state produced 64.7 million pounds, about 4.2 percent more than last year, but 6.1 percent below last month's production. Cheddar output rose by 4.7 percent compared to 2011 to total 46.1 million pounds, but was 3.9 percent lower than the month earlier. Italian production was at 108.7 million pounds, up five percent above last year, but 7.2 percent lower for the month. And Mozzarella cheese in Wisconsin totaled 73.4 million pounds--up 6.6 percent from February 2011, but 6.5 percent lower than January 2012.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 23.2 million pounds, which was down 3.4 percent from last year, and 9.4 percent less than last month.

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