Wisconsin Still Leading the Nation in Dairy Product Output
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/02/2017
New figures have confirmed that the Dairy State put out more cheese and other dairy products than any other state during the past calendar year. According to the National Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin produced an all-time high of 3.23 billion pounds of
cheese varieties in 2016. That was more than the previous record of 3.07 billion pounds set in 2015.
There were 128 dairy plants in production during 2016, up by one from the previous year.
The report shows that total production of American, Cheddar, Italian, Mozzarella, Swiss and other types of variety cheeses were all up last year in Wisconsin, while Muenster output fell.
Total U.S. cheese production was 12.2 billion pounds, about 2.8 percent above 2015 production levels. Wisconsin accounted for 26.6 percent of the nation's production.
The state's agriculture department is expected to release statistics on last year's specialty cheese production in the coming weeks.