Wisconsin cheese production rose in June, on the heels of a banner month for milk. Cheese factories in the Badger State pumped out 227-million pounds – one-point-nine percent more than the same month a year ago. That’s more than twice as much as the national increase of nine-tenths-of-one-percent. Wisconsin leads the nation in cheese production – and in June, it extended its lead over second-place California. The Golden State had a decline of point-eight-percent, to almost 183-and-a-half million pounds. Third-place Idaho also had a drop in its cheese output, while Number-four producer New York had a big jump of almost 11-and-a-half percent. Wisconsin’s increase came as the state’s milk production went up by a robust two-and-a-half percent from the year before. That was despite a June heat wave that reportedly sapped energy from a number of animals as the heat and the drought continued into July.