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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.
2011 Tour of America's Dairyland Stage 2 Race Report
June 17th: Thiensville Extreme Ski & Bike Cycling Classic
Both the Men's and Women's Pro Races were exhibitions of team work on Friday during the Thiensville Extreme Ski and Bike Cycling Classic, Stage 2 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Kristen Lasasso (Mellow Mushroom) started the day in the Becker Law pink and white cowprint Leader's Jersey, and it was teammate Laura Van Gilder who took over that dry cleaning bill in Thiensville.
Midway through the race, it was a break of four.Vanessa Drigo (Vanderkitten-Focus), Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling), Van Gilder and Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Co.).clinging together for six or seven dances 'round the just-shy-of-a-mile course. As the field regrouped with riders at the back struggling to hang on, the jockeying for position began. Two laps to go found Lasasso sitting on the front with all eyes on her last night's prize.
Riders spread all over the road with Kacey Manderfield (Pure Energy/Pro Air) sitting 4th wheel up front, Mellow Mushroom showed some bite and took over the show with one lap to go. In the words of announcer Brad Sohner, Van Gilder and Lasasso were "stuck to each other like white on rice". Coming around the corner fast into the short finishing stretch, Van Gilder turned on the jets to earn the day's top spot on the podium, with Drigo and Manderfield standing at second and third.
Mellow Mushroom stays atop the leaderboard for the 5-Hour Energy Team Competition.
For the Pro Men, grimaces of pain started to surface with 24 laps to go as the day's sharp, fast course visibly tapped some energy reserves. Kenda 5-hour Energy p/b Geargrinder worked strategically throughout the race to position teammate Isaac Howe for another win but after 90 minutes, it was teammate Chad Hartley, 2009 Overall Tour of America's Dairyland Champion, who reigned supreme.
With roughly 16 to go, the story centered around the three riders up the road - Hartley, Juan Pablo Dotti (Aerocat Cycling) and Rudy Napolitano (Monster Media) - who sped away like a runaway train. Even a $300 field prime with nine to go couldn't bridge the ultimate gap of 35 seconds. Solo riders Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) and Andy Crater (Seranet p/b Yoga 1) launched a Herculean effort to drive the pace and bring back the breakaway to no avail. Kenda 5-hour Energy p/b Geargrinder riders Rob White and Pat Lemieux were joined on the front of the field by their teammate and last night's winner, Isaac Howe for quite a stretch. But giving up on the chase, riders were now falling off the back of the field like spores on a dandelion gone to seed.
Three dynamic sprinters...one hefty tailwind coming out of final turn. It could have been anyone's race but the headlines will read: Hartley, Dotti, and Napolitano...1,2,3.
Cantwell, pimped at the line last night by Howe, narrowly edged out Rahsaan Bahati (SKIL p/b Pista Palace) in the field sprint, which was enough to land him in the Overall yellow and white jersey.
Kenda 5-hour Energy presented by Geargrinder remains the team to chase in the 5-hour Energy Team Competition.
The Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board travels to Grafton tomorrow for the spectator packed Giro d' Grafton, a USA CRITS Series race, which will feature elevated rider stakes, jaw-dropping speeds, and deafening crowd support.
View previous race reports in the archive.