Cheese, butter production up on year


Cheese, butter production up on year

The USDA says cheese and butter production during March 2020 were up on the year.

Total cheese production was 0.2% higher at 1.124 billion pounds, with a 1.1% decrease for Italian type cheeses canceled out by a 1.4% increase for American types.

Butter production was 194.287 million pounds, a 7.5% jump from March 2019.

Nonfat dry milk for human consumption was reported at 172.685 million pounds, 6.7% higher, but skim milk powder came out at 40.843 million pounds, 15.4% lower.

Dry whey production totaled 81.551 million pounds, up 5.4%, while lactose for human and animal consumption was pegged at 96.115 million pounds, down 15.8%, and whey protein concentrate production was 38.953 million pounds, 7.3% lower.

The USDA’s next set of supply and demand estimates is out on the 12th.

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