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State Cheese Output Bounces After Eight Months of Decline
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/04/2019

For the first time this year, Wisconsin's total cheese production went up in August when compared to the same month during 2018. The latest dairy product summary from the USDA notes that state dairy plants made 290.4 million pounds of cheese during the month, which was 2.0 percent more than a year earlier, and 2.9 percent higher than this past July.

Nationally, about 1.11 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States in August. That was 2.2 percent increase over 2018, and 1.6 percent more than the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese increased as the state produced 83.9 million pounds, about 1.9 percent more than last year, and 0.9 percent above last month's production. Cheddar output rose 3.2 percent compared to 2018 to total 56.77 million pounds, but dropped 2.5 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese production was at 144.2 million pounds, about 1.7 percent above last year, and 1.6 percent higher for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 95.7 million pounds--about 1.5 percent more than August 2018, and 1.9 greater than July 2019.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 24 million pounds, which was down 4.3 percent from last year, but 2.2 percent more compared to last month.

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