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Cheesemakers in Wisconsin increase output slightly

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin cheesemakers increased their output in September -- but not by as much as the nation as a whole. 

New federal figures show that the Badger State produced just under 230 million pounds of cheese -- up 0.7 percent from the same month a year ago. 

Nationally, cheese output rose 2.3 percent. 

Wisconsin remains the country's top cheesemaker, but second-place California caught up a little in September. The Golden State pumped out 187 million pounds, a 9.8 percent increase from the previous year. 

Third-place Idaho and 5th-place New Mexico reported decreases in their cheese production, while fourth-place New York had a nearly 6 percent jump. 

Wisconsin's Cheddar and American cheese production both dropped from a year earlier. Italian cheeses rose 0.2 percent.