Most U.S. dairy products had higher production in March

Several dairy products had more production in March. 

USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says total cheese output was 1.23 billion pounds excluding cottage cheese.  That’s 11.7% higher than in February but 0.2% less than a year ago. 

Italian-type cheeses totaled 512 million pounds, up 11.5% from February but 1.5% below March of last year.

American-type cheese production totaled 499 million pounds, 12.5% higher than in February and 3.2% higher than in March of 2022.

Wisconsin and California remain the top cheese producers, accounting for nearly 43% of all U.S. cheese production.

Butter production rose 9.5% from February to 205 million pounds.  That is 1.4% higher than March of last year.

Year-over-year nonfat dry milk production rose 4.4%.  Skim milk powder production fell 16.1%.  Lactose production was up 2.3%.  Whey protein concentrate production was up 12.7%.

Hard ice cream production was slightly up 0.2% at 66.4 million gallons.  Low-fat ice cream production was down 11.3%.  Both sherbet and frozen yogurt production was down more than 20% compared to last March.

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