Fractional changes for cheese, butter production

October 2023 cheese and butter production were mixed compared to October 2022. That was followed a slight year-to-year decrease in monthly milk production as processors eye refilling store shelves after the holidays.

The USDA says October cheese production was 1.194 billion pounds, 0.8% more than last year, with gains in Italian and Hispanic type cheeses canceling out losses in American type cheeses.

Butter production was 161 million pounds, 0.9% lower than a year ago.

Dry milk products were also down on the year, while dry whey and frozen dairy products were mixed.

The USDA’s updated annual dairy projections are out Friday.

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