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Dairy statistics, September 2017

Released: 2017-11-24

Production of specialty cheese during the first three quarters of 2017 (January to September) increased 5.2% compared to the same period last year. Varieties of specialty cheeses that have increased production over that same period include parmesan (+16.0%), Havarti (+3.3%) and mozzarella (+5.5%).

However, not all varieties of specialty cheese have increased. Emmental and Swiss cheese have shown decreases for the last eight consecutive months. This has resulted in a 22.3% decrease for these products for the first three quarters of 2017, compared to the same period last year. Other varieties of specialty cheese that have decreased their production over the same period include cream cheese (-3.7%) and gouda (-22.2%).

Production of creamery butter increased on a year-over-year basis for the 13th consecutive month, rising from 6 060 tonnes in September 2016 to 7 703 tonnes in September 2017 (+27.1%).

Total cash receipts from milk and cream sold off farms totalled $534.6 million in September 2017, up 4.1% from September 2016.

  Note to readers

Dairy statistics are available for Canada and the provinces.

Data on dairy stocks for October 1, 2017, are now available in CANSIM table 003-0033. These data represent the ending stocks of the previous month.

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