Wisconsin cheese plants made more product during September when compared to the same month a year earlier. According to the latest dairy product summary from the USDA, the state produced 288.9 million pounds of cheese during the month. That was 1.9 percent more than last year, and 1.9 percent higher than this past August. It was also the ninth consecutive month of year-to-year increases.
Nationally, about 1.14 billion pounds of cheese was produced in the United States in September. That was a 3.3 percent increase from 2020, but down 0.5 percent compared to the amount manufactured during the previous month.
Wisconsin’s production of American cheese increased as the state produced 88.7 million pounds, about 2.5 percent more than last year, but 0.6 percent below last month’s production. Cheddar output also rose 2.3 percent compared to 2020 to total 60.4 million pounds, and went up 0.7 percent from the month earlier. Italian cheese production was at 138.5 million pounds, about 1.3 percent above last year, but 1.7 percent lower for the month. And Mozzarella produced in Wisconsin totaled 88 million pounds–down 2.8 percent from September 2020, and 5.2 percent less than August 2021.
Dry Whey output in Wisconsin was recorded at 22 million pounds, which was down 1.3 percent from last year, and 11 percent lower compared to last month.
Source: Wisconsin AG Connection