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Wisconsin cheese makers produce more than other states in July

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin cheesemakers continue to be busier than others, as the Badger State extends its lead as the nation's Big Cheese. 

Federal officials said Wisconsin made 233.5 pounds in July.  That's 4.1 percent more than the same month a year ago. 

The national increase was 3 percent, with about 910 million pounds of cheese being made.  Number-two California had a smaller increase of 1.6 percent. 

Wisconsin saw a nearly 6 percent increase in its Italian cheese production for July.  The Cheddar output grew by over 3 percent, and the state made almost 2.5 percent more American cheeses.

Nationally, cheesemakers are pumping out 1.8 percent more during the first seven months of the year, compared to 2012.  Butter production for the year was up by 1.4 percent.