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October 11, 2018

South Dakota Cheese Plant Expansions Will Come On Line Next Year

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Two major cheese plant expansions in South Dakota are expected to add 7 million pounds of daily milk processing and will both come on line in 2019, according to a report by AgWeek.


The larger of the expansions, an Agropur plant in Lake Norden, S.D., is tripling in size. The plant currently processes 3.3 million pounds of milk per day. The expansion will take that capacity to 9.3 million pounds, and is expected to be completed by March 2019.


Company officials expect a two-year ramp up to full production. The 9.3 million pound daily intake will require some 220 semi-loads of milk. The plant produces 15 different variety of cheeses, ranging from Italian varieties such as mozzarella and provolone to 40 lb blocks of American cheeses.


Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Milbank, S.D. is growing its plant capacity by 25%, going to 5 million pounds of daily milk intake. That plant is expected to fully come on line July 1, 2019, says Doug Wilke, Valley Queen CEO. The plant produces cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheeses.