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Wisconsin, U.S. Cheese Production Climbed in March
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/05/2017

The USDA reports that Wisconsin's dairy plants are still producing more cheese products on a monthly basis than they did a year earlier. The agency's latest dairy product summary notes that Wisconsin produced 288.3 million pounds of cheese in March--which was up 5.6 percent from March 2016, and 13.5 percent more than this past February (which had less days on the calendar). The state has now produced more cheese products on a year-to-year basis for 29 of the last 30 months.

Nationally, about 1.06 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States. That was 3.3 percent more than the same month last year, and 12.7 percent greater than the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese increased as the state produced 87 million pounds, about 5.5 percent more than last year, and 14.6 percent above last month's production. Cheddar output rose 8.2 percent compared to 2016 to total 59.7 million pounds, and grew 13.1 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese was at 145.6 million pounds, about 4.9 percent above last year, and 13 percent higher for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 94.1 million pounds--about 0.3 percent more than March 2016, and up 12.2 percent compared to February 2017.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 27.2 million pounds, which was down 1.2 percent from last year, but up 5.6 percent compared to last month.

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