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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.
Overall & Stage 10 Race Report: Carl Zach Cycling Classic (June 28)
After 10 days of racing in nine Wisconsin cities across 11 days, the inaugural Tour of America's Dairyland pro cycling series presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board came to a close Sunday in Waukesha, Wis., at the Carl Zach Cycling Classic.
In the end, it was Chad Hartley (Team GEARGRINDER) of Milwaukee, Wis., who took home the coveted yellow and white cowprint Overall Jersey in the Men's Pro 1/2 category, edging out Logan Garey (Team Rio Grande) by nine points. Just 13 points separated first thru fourth places, with Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse) and Matthew Busche (IS Corp) landing in third and fourth, respectively. Taking the Stage 10 Pro Men's win in Waukesha was Hartley's teammate James Stemper, with Team GEARGRINDER's Rob White standing second and Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) third on the podium.
In an incredible competition to watch from Day 1, Australian Jessie Maclean emerged the winner of the Overall Pro Women's jersey ahead of Devon Haskell (BH USA) and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway Racing). Kristin Wentworh (Team Kenda) and Davina Summers, no strangers to the podium throughout the Tour, rounded out the top five. For the day, it was once again Summers of Perth, Australia, taking the top spot on the podium for Stage 10, with Maclean one step beneath and former inline skating world champion Cliff-Ryan in third. To thank the Women's field for an incredible Tour of racing, local director of the Carl Zach Cycling Classic, Randy Radish, and Cyclesmith, a Waukesha, Wis, bike shop, prized a set of Bontrager Wheels to two riders throughout the race.
It was David Paquette (Team Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare) of Decorah, Iowa, taking home the well-deserved Waterford Frame Overall in Cat 3, after receiving some healthy competition from second place Marc Howe (Team GEARGRINDER), who took the top spot on the Stage 10 podium, and third place Mike Gratz (CA Pools Racing) throughout the Tour.
In Cat 4/5, it was Mark Norton by one point over Travis Heller (Team Extreme) for the Overall jersey and Gunnar Frame, with Anthony Phillips taking third. For Stage 10, Kelby Shaw stood tall atop the podium.
Chris Halverson (IS Corp) took home Overall honors and the Waterford Frame in the Masters 1/2/3 35+ Cat, with Peter Anderson (CA Pools Racing) and Dan Holsen (Lakes Area Physical Therapy), second and third, respectively. In the Stage 10 race, Chris Black of San Luis Obispo (Morgan Stanley/Team Spine Specialized) stood tallest on the podium.
In Masters 4/5 35+, it was Jay Robertson (FCS/McDonalds) by two points over Jeffrey Gantz (Team Extreme) for the Overall nod and Gunnar frame, with Gantz teammate John Timm placing third Overall. John Svanda (Team Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare) won the Stage 10 race.
In addition to the Overall yellow and white cowprint jerseys, the coveted inaugural year commemorative milk bottles, and the cat-specific prizes, each Overall winner also received a 30-pound cheese wheel from either Sartori or Belgioioso and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, the presenting sponsor of the Tour of America's Dairyland, for whom we are all incredibly grateful.
The Midwest Cycling Series, LLC, promoters of the inaugural Tour of America's Dairyland, extend a tremendous thank you to all the athletes and spectators for supporting our new pro cycling series in our inaugural year. We've spent a lot of time together in the past 11 days, and we look forward to see all of you in 2010. In the meantime, please feel free to share any feedback surrounding your 2009 Tour of America's Dairyland experience via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay healthy and safe.