Cheese Production In March Rises 1.1% From March 2021
U.S. cheese production, excluding cottage cheese, in March totaled 1.197 billion pounds, up 1.1% from March 2021’s 1.183 billion pounds, according to data released this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). (All figures are rounded. Please see CMN’s Dairy Production chart.) March’s total was up 8.3% from February’s 1.105 billion pounds, but down 2.2% on an average daily basis.
Italian-type cheese production in March totaled 512.8 million pounds, up 2.1% from March 2021. Production of Mozzarella, the largest component of Italian-type cheese production, totaled 406.4 million pounds in March, up 3.5% from a year earlier.
American-type cheese production in March totaled 473.6 million pounds, down 1.4% from March 2021. Production of Cheddar, the largest component of American-type cheese, totaled 327.1 million pounds in March, down 2.9% from March 2021.
Wisconsin was the leading cheese-producing state with 296.6 million pounds produced in March, down 3.0% from March 2021. California produced the second most cheese in March at 213.0 million pounds, up 1.0% from a year earlier.
U.S. production of butter totaled 202.6 million pounds in March, up 1.5% from March 2021. March U.S. butter production was up 10.4% from February’s 199.6 million pounds but down 0.3% on an average daily basis. California led the nation in butter production with 69.7 million pounds in March, up 11.4% from March 2021.
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