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- Mrs. Anne Picket began operating Wisconsin’s first cheese factory in 1841 on the family farm near Lake Mills using milk from her neighbors' cows to produce butter and cheese. This continued until 1845, when the level of production and demand grew too large for her kitchen. By 1869, Wisconsin produced over 3 million pounds of cheese, and that number would more than quadruple within 10 years.The nation’s first dairy school was created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1890, where it remains the country’s top Dairy Science Department.Several popular cheese varieties were invented in Wisconsin. Brick Cheese was invented in 1877 and named for its brick-like shape created when real bricks are used to press moisture from the cheese. And Colby Cheese was created in Colby, Wis. in 1885.Wisconsin has been a leader in dairying for more than a century and was officially named “America’s Dairyland” in 1930.National June Dairy Month began as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. Wisconsin held its first June Dairy Month in 1939, expanding the celebration to include milk, cheese, butter and ice cream.Wisconsin dairies help to fuel our state economy at the rate of more than $50,000 per minute. These dollars support schools, roads and businesses in our local communities.Wisconsin dairy cows produce much more than just great milk – each cow generates more than $34,000 each year in economic activity. This means the average 250-cow dairy farm contributes more than $8.5 million each year to our state’s economy.Dairy is the largest segment of Wisconsin Agriculture, 19% of all agricultural jobs in Wisconsin are related to the dairy industry across 300 different careers.Wisconsin is currently home to 1.28 million dairy cows – that’s as many cows as there are Wisconsin school children!Wisconsin has more dairy cows per square mile than any other state.The average yearly milk production for a Wisconsin cow is 22,668 pounds (or 2,636 gallons). That’s more than 42,000 8-ounce glasses of milk from just one cow – enough for you to drink 115 glasses of milk every day for a year!It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream, 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese, and 21.8 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.Wisconsin cheesemakers produced a record-breaking 3.0 billion pounds of cheese in 2015; 127.5 million pounds more than 2014. If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank 4th in the world in terms of total cheese production, behind the U.S., France and Germany, and just ahead of Italy.Finding a favorite ice cream flavor in Wisconsin requires lots of sampling – there are more than 300 different flavors produced within the state.Wisconsin dairies help fuel our state economy at the rate of more than $82,000 per minute. In the time it takes you to drive the more than 400 miles between Superior and Pleasant Prairie, the dairy industry has generated more than $33 million dollars for the economy.Wisconsin dairies help fuel our state economy at the rate of more than $80,000 per minute. In the time it takes you to drive the more than 400 miles between Superior and Pleasant Prairie, the dairy industry has generated more than $33 million dollars for the economy.National June Dairy Month began as National Milk Month in 1937 to promote drinking milk. That same year, the average price of a new car was $760, gas cost $0.10 per gallon and milk was $0.50 per gallon.Wisconsin has been a leader in dairying for more than a century and was officially named “America’s Dairyland” in 1930. Ten years later, in 1940, it became the official license plate slogan.Colby cheese was created by John Steinwand, in Colby, Wisconsin in 1885, the same year the automobile was invented.Wisconsin has more dairy cows per square mile than any other state and produces more than 2 billion pounds of milk each month! That’s roughly the weight of 500,000 sedans.
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Tour of America's Dairyland Road Races Offer Challenges
Fond du Lac, WI - The 2009 Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, June 18-28, will offer cyclists some exciting challenges in its two road races on June 23 and June 26 in the Wisconsin cities of Fond du Lac and Greenbush, respectively.
Dave Haase, owner of Attitude Sports, the presenting sponsor of the Fond du Lac road race, has been a strong proponent of bringing road racing back to Fond du Lac. Hearing the the Fond du Lac Criterium in Downtown Fond du Lac was secured for June 24th, Haase persevered to get the road race course approved for a second Fond du Lac race.
Haase said the course falls just west of the infamous 22-mile 7 Hills Road Loop where a lot of cyclists often train.
"Safety concerns precluded us from incorporating 7 Hills Road into the course but riders will still be challenged by some brutal hills, fast climbs and a cool finish," said Haase. "There's a little climb toward the end which you hit early on as well but some racers will feel they have to hammer it at the end, which could just cause them to blow up."
A competitive cyclist himself, with top 10 finishes at Race Across America (RAAM), Race Across the Alps and 24 Hours of Vail Lake, Haase plans to compete in all of Tour of America's Dairyland races, with the exception of the Fond du Lace road race where he'll be ensuring the safe, on-time operations of the day's events for other racers.
"People are fired up about the course and excited that cycling is coming back to Fond du Lac," said Haase. "Attitude Sports is planning on hosting an organized ride of the course in preparation for the June 23rd Tour of America's Dairyland race."
Cyclists will have criteriums in Fond du Lac and Sheboygan on June 24 and 25, respectively, before their next road race. The Greenbush road race presented by Duet Resource Group and KI begins with a gradual three-mile climb into the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Dan Mahlik, CEO of Duet Resource Group, said the winding road on the course will have racers in awe.
"Duet Resource Group and KI have many avid cyclists on staff so we've ridden much of the Greenbush course, and once you hit that winding road inside the Kettle Moraine Forest, it's just mind-blowing," said Mahlik. "Gorgeous scenery then massive inclines and sharp, fast downhills.
The Greenbush nearly 10-mile loop also includes long stretches of Wisconsin's dairy farms.
"The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has working closely with its dairy farmers," said Hirt. "Racers can expect to see quite a few two- and four-legged fans cheering and mooing them on along the course."
A new, professionally-produced 10-day series featuring criterium multi-lap races and road races, the Tour of America's Dairyland will pay out nearly $90,000 in cash prizes and primes, or rider incentives, in its inaugural year to professional and amateur men and women athletes of multiple categories. Several Wisconsin cities will host the various stages of the Tour of America's Dairyland, which runs June 19-28, and will kick off in Waterloo, home of the Trek Bicycle Corporation. The tour includes the Downer Classic on Milwaukee's Eastside, which will feature Ben's Cycle "Super Prime". Complementing the racing in the Wisconsin cities of Milwaukee, Waterloo, Grafton, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Greenbush and Waukesha, will be live entertainment, family activities, and a sports expo produced by Racers Against Childhood Cancer (RACC).
Endorsed and supported by the Wisconsin Cycling Association and United States Cycling Federation, Tour of America's Dairyland updates will be posted on www.tourofamericasdairyland.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Marketing Communications, Midwest Cycling Series
Executive Director, Midwest Cycling Series