June U.S. Cheese Production Up 2.7%
U.S. cheese production, excluding cottage cheese, in June totaled 1.157 billion pounds, up 2.7% from June 2021’s 1.127 billion pounds, according to data released the first week in August by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). (All figures are rounded. Please see CMN’s Dairy Production chart.) June’s total was down 2.3% from May’s 1.184 billion pounds but up 1.0% on an average daily basis.
Italian-type cheese production in June totaled 484.6 million pounds, up 4.2% from June 2021. Production of Mozzarella, the largest component of Italian-type cheese production, totaled 385.2 million pounds in June, up 5.7% from a year earlier.
American-type U.S. cheese production in June totaled 462.0 million pounds, up 1.0% from June 2021. Production of Cheddar, the largest component of American-type cheese, totaled 333.5 million pounds in June, up 1.1% from June 2021.
Wisconsin was the leading cheese-producing state with 290.5 million pounds produced in June, down 0.5% from June 2021. California produced the second most cheese in June at 203.6 million pounds, up 5.1% from a year earlier.
U.S. production of butter totaled 160.5 million pounds in June, up 2.3% from June 2021. June U.S. butter production was down 10.9% from May’s 180.1 million pounds and down 7.9% on an average daily basis. California led the nation in butter production with 54.7 million pounds in June, down 0.8% from June 2021.
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