Dairy products, milk products or lacticinia are a type of food produced from or containing the milk of mammals, primarily cattle, water buffaloes, goats, sheep, camels, and humans. Dairy products include food items such as yogurt, cheese, and butter. A facility that produces dairy products is known as a dairy or dairy factory. Butter, cheese, nonfat dry and skim powder utilize about 65 percent of the nation’s milk production across the world. U.S. dairy farmers are fortunate that increased demand for these products, both domestically and globally, continues to increase. Due to these products using a significant portion of the milk production, it has become an important to keep a close watch on their commercial use. The commercial use of butter, cheese and powder continue to grow. An examination of the numbers shows for butter and cheese, domestic use continues to advance but at slower rate compared to years past. The butter and cheese exports are consuming a larger share of total use. Exports are a major factor in commercial use of manufactured dairy products.

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