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Wisconsin cheese production outpaces nation

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin cheese production keeps humming along at a faster pace than the rest of the country.

According to new federal numbers, the Badger State pumped out 244 million pounds of cheese in May. That’s 4.4 percent more than a year ago, which is higher than the national increase of 3.9 percent.

Wisconsin remains the nation’s largest cheesemaker, and its May production increase was double that of second-place California. The Golden State made 198 million pounds for a 2.2 percent increase.

Nationally, about 954 million pounds of cheese were produced in May.

Wisconsin’s output of American cheese jumped by 6.5 percent from the year before, and Cheddar production was up by just over 5 percent.