Total cheese production in April slipped in America’s Dairyland, according to the latest USDA numbers. In April 2020, Wisconsin produced 266.8 million pounds of cheese. That is a decrease of 4.6 percent when compared to exactly on year ago in April 2019.
Mozzarella production dropped in April, down 12.7 percent in comparison to April 2019, and 14.2 percent lower than March 2020. Total mozzarella production shows the state cranked out 81.4 million pouds. American cheese production showed an increase, though, rising 7.5 percent compared to last year. A total of 90.1 million pounds of American cheese was produced in Wisconsin in April 2020.
Lower production and increased demand as the economy begins to reopen has led to dairy markets skyrocketing. Prices could be a “reflection of the short term demand we’re seeing,” says Market Adviser John Heinberg of Total Farm Marketing by Stewart-Peterson. As prices rise, “we’re getting to a spot where you gotta start asking yourself…do we get to a window where the retailers and the end users start saying ‘no we just don’t want to pay this,’”