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State Cheese Production Up for Second Time in 2019
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/06/2019

For just the second time this year, Wisconsin's total cheese production went up in September when compared to the same month during 2018. The latest dairy product summary from the USDA notes that state dairy plants made 281.3 million pounds of cheese during the month, which was a slight 0.7 percent more than a year earlier, but 2.2 percent lower than this past August (which had more days on the calendar).

Nationally, about 1.08 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States in September. That was 2.1 percent increase over 2018, but 3.7 percent less than the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese increased as the state produced 78.7 million pounds, about 0.2 percent more than last year, but 4.9 percent below last month's production. Cheddar output rose 2.9 percent compared to 2018 to total 54.2 million pounds, but dropped 4.5 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese production was at 141.6 million pounds, about 0.5 percent below last year, and 1.1 percent lower for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 92.5 million pounds--about 1.0 percent less than September 2018, and 1.9 percent lower than August 2019.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 24.5 million pounds, which was up 5.7 percent from last year, and 0.5 percent more compared to last month.

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