MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - For the fourth time in five months, Wisconsin's cheese production is down from the previous year.
The USDA said the Badger State made just under 215 million pounds of cheese in February. That's about five million pounds less than the same month a year ago, for a drop of 2.3 percent.
Wisconsin factories made more Italian cheeses in February. American and Cheddar cheese output was down.
Wisconsin remains the nation's top cheesemaker, but second-place California continues to close the gap. The Golden State pumped out 185 million pounds in February -- six percent more than the month before.
Nationally, just over 850 million pounds of cheese were produced in February, down six-tenths of a percent from the same month in 2013.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)