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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.
Tour of America's Dairyland Stage 3: June 19, 2010
Giro d' Grafton presented by Aurora Health Care
Bahati hammers final sprint for Dairyland USA CRITS win
Before a massive, screaming crowd lined mega deep, it was Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation) first to cross the line, where just hours earlier Jacquelyn Crowell (Team Type 1) did the same, in the Giro d' Grafton USA CRITS Championship Series race of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
It was the escaped duo of Crowell (Team Type 1) and Lauren Robertson (FCS/Metro Volkswagen) that led the zigzagging field for the last handful of laps. Veteran racer Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda) catapulted to the front of the peloton in an attempt to bring about a chase but Crowell and Robertson dug deep into their reserves and just kept pounding. It came down to a drag race with Crowell taking it on the inside for the win, a stitch ahead of Robertson and Carrie Cash (Team Vera Bradley Foundation), second and third, respectively.
After the local mascot race wrapped, Bahati cleaned up amid a packed field of 150, which included 2005 French National Road Champion Aurelien Passeron (Garneau Chaussures Cycling Team). After the Bahati Foundation tossed out a $100 prime for other riders, it was Bahati himself who snatched the $750 spectator prime with seven laps to go.
With six turns in each lap of the Giro d' Grafton course, legs were burning, and the field was on top of each other racing upwards of 30 mph with even three laps to go, making it anyone's race. Two laps remaining, Aerocat Cycling Team jumped to the front with rider Andy Crater nose to the wind as Bahati tucked in with Team Mountain Khakis - Jittery Joes right behind.
But it was, in the words of announcer Brad Sohner, the "human space rocket" Bahati who dominated the final sprint peaking at 39 miles per hour for the victory. Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis) clinched second with Clayton Barrows (AXA Equitable Cycling Team/CRCA) claiming third. Bahati praised the overwhelming support of the Grafton spectators.
Chad Hartley (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b GEARGRINDER) retains the yellow and white Leader's jersey as Tour of America's Dairyland heads to Appleton for Father's Day before taking to the historic Road America race track in Elkhart Lake on Monday. View previous race reports in the archive.