7/9/17 – For the second straight month, Wisconsin has a much smaller increase in cheese production than the nation as a whole. The U-S-D-A says Wisconsin factories put out 272-million pounds of cheese in May, just .002% more than the same month last year while the national increase was a solid 4%. Wisconsin’s mozzarella cheese production dropped by 1.5% in May, while the state’s Cheddar output fell by .001% and Italian cheeses had a rise of more than one-percent. Wisconsin remains the U-S leader in cheese making, with 26% of the national total. But second place California caught up a little in May, with a two-point-eight percent jump in its production from the previous year.