MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - After a slight increase in March, Wisconsin's cheese production is down again.
According to new federal figures, the Badger State made 241 million pounds of cheese in April -- 0.3 percent less than the same month a year ago.
The drop is the fifth for Wisconsin in the last seven months. It comes despite a national increase of 2.2 percent in April.
Governor Scott Walker recently said cheese factories have had to bring in more of their milk from outside Wisconsin. That's due to recent declines in the state's milk output, caused by things like unfavorable weather and poor quality feed.
In spite of that, Walker said he still believes the state can achieve its goal of making 30 billion pounds of milk per year by 2020.
Wisconsin is still the nation's top cheese producer. Second-place California made about 38 million pounds less than Wisconsin in April -- but the Golden State's total of 203.5 million pounds was 6.2 percent higher than the year before. California had double-digit increases in its Cheddar and Italian cheese production from last year.
Wisconsin had a 3 percent jump its Italian cheeses. But the state's Cheddar output was down almost 12 percent, while its American cheese production dropped 8.5 percent.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)