Nonfat dry milk production in September was 86,266,000 lbs, down 4% from September 2007 and down 25% from August 2008, but output of skim milk powders was 38,868,000 lbs, up 161% from last year and up 46% from a month earlier.
Total dry whey production was 83,155,000 lbs, down 6% from last year’s level. Production of lactose was 58,776,000 lbs, down 4%, and total whey protein concentrate production was 33,460,000, up 7% from September 2007, the U.S.D.A. said. Dry buttermilk outturn was 5,695,000 lbs, up 11% from a year ago.
Total manufacturers’ stocks of dry whey on Sept. 30 were 65,895,000 lbs, down 8% from a year ago, and included 59,710,000 lbs for human use, down 6%, and 6,185,000 lbs for animal use, down 24%. Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 34,157,000 lbs, up 27% from a year ago. Total lactose stocks were 91,323,000 lbs, up 42% from a year ago.
Butter production in September was 121,245,000 lbs, up 7% from September 2007 and up 5% from August 2008.
Cheese production in September totaled 795,347,000 lbs, up 2% from a year ago but down 3% from August 2008.
Production of regular hard ice cream in September was 76,023,000 gallons, up 8% from the previous year. Low-fat ice cream production was 30,641,000 gallons, up 1% from the previous year.