MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin, the nation's top cheese maker, produced less cheese in December than a year ago.
According to new USDA figures, cheese plants in the Badger State pumped out almost 241 million pounds of cheese in the final month of 2013. That's down one-and-a-half percent from the same month in 2012.
California, the second-largest cheese producer, saw its output rise by 3.7 percent from the year before. The Golden State made 202 million pounds -- up from 195 million the previous December.
Wisconsin's decrease bucked the national trend. Total U.S. cheese production was 973 million pounds for December, an increase of 2.3 percent from the year before.
For 2013 as a whole, the national cheese output also grew by 2.3 percent.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)