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Daily Cow Tip
- 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.
Stage 8 Race Report: Greenbush Road Race (June 26)
With just two days remaining in the inaugural Tour of America's Dairyland, Greenbush, Wis, hosted Stage 8 on Friday with a 10-mile loop road race dotted with dairy farms when not amid the gorgeous landscape and winding roads of the Kettle Moraine Forest. Nature's foliage provided shade and a much-needed respite from the scorching heat of the Tour's recent stages.
Accomplishing what teammate Frank Travieso did days earlier, Yosvany Falcon (Champion Porsche p/b Herbalife) of Miami stood highest on the podium in the Men's Pro Race, with Ryan DeWald (Battley Harley-Davidson) and Sheldon Deeny filling up the respective second and third blocks. The Men's Overall yellow and white cowprint jersey after Stage 8 went home once again with Chad Hartley (Team GEARGRINDER), who leads Logan Garey (Team Rio Grande) by just two points. Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse) is within reach at third Overall thru Greenbush.
Devon Haskell (BH USA) was first to finish in the Women's Pro Race with the familiar faces of Amanda Miller (Team Lip Smacker) and Jessie Maclean standing at her sides. Maclean holds on to the Overall leader's jersey by just one point ahead of Haskell, with Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci/Breakaway Racing) closing out the top three.
Hartley's Team GEARGRINDER teammate Marc Howe grabbled the top Cat 3 spot with Ric Damm (Ripon College) standing tall in Cat 4-5. Billy Jones (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation) got the Masters 1/2/3 35+ top nod while Richard Amen (Team Extreme) was first to cross in the Masters 4/5 35+ race, an honor Amen's teammate Jeffrey Gantz took home Thursday in Sheboygan.
Also noteworthy was Cat 4/5 rider Justin Rittenhour, of Plymouth, Wis, who completed his first race ever on Friday. Rittenhour was a spectator at the Men's Pro 1/ 2 race at the Sheboygan Stage 7 crit on Thursday.
"I don't cycle at all, and I just got so impressed watching those riders," said Rittenhour.
Having purchased a helmet and a pair of shorts right after the Sheboygan race ended, and borrowed a bike from his brother-in-law at 11:00pm Thursday, Rittenhour arrived at the Greenbush course Friday morning in a t-shirt with two bottles of Gatorade duct taped to the bike, determined to race. Other riders contributed a jersey and water bottles so that Rittenhour could race. Having never ridden a road bike before, Rittenhour said he spent the entire race learning how to shift the gears.
Rittenhour completed the 40-mile race and looked on at his name on the results board with his wife and children at his side. In a sport where racers can gain energy from the cheers of the crowd, Rittenhour's effort is a solid reminder of just how inspirational the riders can be to the crowd. Rittenhour plans to race again soon. Look for his name at Tour of America's Dairyland 2010.
The inaugural Tour of America's Dairyland moves to Milwaukee's Eastside on Saturday for the Downer Classic featuring the Ben's Ultra Prime Party before closing night in Waukesha, a Southeastern Wisconsin city that has long supported competitive cycling, for the Carl Zach Cycling Classic on Sunday. The Waukesha race will also feature two Junior's races.