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Another Month of Lower Wisconsin Cheese Production in May
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/08/2019

Wisconsin's total cheese output fell for a sixth consecutive month in May when compared to year-to-year figures. The latest dairy product summary from the USDA notes that state dairy plants produced 287.7 million pounds of cheese that month, which was down fractionally from a year earlier, but 2.2 percent more than this past April (which had less days on the calendar).

Nationally, about 1.10 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States in May. That was a 1.6 percent increase over 2018, and 1.5 percent more than the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese decreased as the state produced 84.2 million pounds, about 3.9 percent less than last year, but a slight 0.1 percent more than last month's production. Cheddar output fell 0.6 percent compared to 2018 to total 60.2 million pounds, and dropped 0.4 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese was at 147.5 million pounds, about 1.3 percent above last year, and 2.0 percent higher for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 97.4 million pounds--about 1.3 percent more than May 2018, and up 3.4 percent compared to April 2019.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 24.2 million pounds, which was down 14.5 percent from last year, but 13.1 percent more than last month's total.

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