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State Cheese Output Swings Back Up After Snapping in April
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/06/2018

Wisconsin dairy plants made more cheese in May than the same month a year earlier after failing to do so in April for the first time in 43 months. The USDA reports that the state churned out 287.4 million pounds of cheese in May. That was up a fractional 0.5 percent from the same period in 2017, and 1.1 percent more than this past April (which had less days on the calendar).

Nationally, about 1.09 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States in May. That was 1.4 percent more than the same month last year, but 1.7 percent above the previous month's production totals.

Wisconsin's production of American cheese decreased as the state produced 87.9 million pounds, about 1.7 percent less than last year, but 0.2 percent above last month's production. Cheddar output fell 2.5 percent compared to 2017 to total 60.7 million pounds, and went down 3.1 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese was at 145.4 million pounds, about 3.5 percent above last year, and 1.2 percent higher for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 96 million pounds--about 4.7 percent more than May 2017, and 0.7 percent higher compared to April 2018.

Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 28.4 million pounds, which was down 3.6 percent from last year, and 3.7 percent less compared to last month.

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