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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 3 Race Report
June 18th: Giro d' Grafton presented by Aurora Health Care
One year ago during the USA Crits Series stop at the Giro d' Grafton leg of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, announcer Brad Sohner described Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ pb Pista Palace) as the "Human Rocketship". A true statement to be sure but this sun-drenched, 6-deep crowd a year later witnessed Bahati among the few to be, in Sohner's words this time, "trying to catch the last seat on the moving airplane."
That dominating force, which could have been ticketed for excessive speed on that same Grafton thoroughfare on any other day of the year, was the 7-man breakaway of Christian Helmig (Elbowz Racing), Juan Pablo Dotti (Aerocat), Luca Damiani (Kenda 5-hour Energy pb Geargrinder), Clay Murfet (RideClean pb Patentit.com), Neil Bezdek, (Team Mountain Khakis), hometown rider Andy Crater (Serenity Bikes pb Yoga 1 Studio) and Marc Prutton (Stan's No Tubes/AXA Equitable.
For nearly 10 laps, the magnificent seven slipped father and farther ahead of the field, ruling the ToAD Stage 3 tight, technical course. Bahati and Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) were reaching hard but kept missing the riders up the road who were pulling hard. With Prutton falling off with 10 remaining, the 6-man break hung together. Finding their rhythm, the party of six increased the gap to nearly 40 seconds, with Cantwell breathing hard on their heels, chasing a $200 prime as added incentive. Two to go, it was the Kenda 5-hour Energy pb Geargrinder assembly line working overtime to lead the field. But all eyes were on the power of six, who slowed the pace with one to go, bringing the crowd to its toes. Once the all-out battle ensued, Murfet, Dotti and Bezdek were left standing tallest, respectively, at 1-2-3, with Crater and his deep Wisconsin roots, planted firmly in 4th.
Super charged Bahati, who won the 2010 USA Crits Giro d' Grafton race, beat out Cantwell by a half tire in the field sprint, while staying in the Yellow and White Overall Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Leader's Jersey. Aerocat takes over the lead in the 5-hour Energy Team Omnium.
Logan Owen (Hagens Berman pb Attitude Sports), at 15 years of age and in the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Green Jersey, will be one to watch over the remaining eight days of ToAD, which continues Father's Day at the Carl Zach Cycling Classic in Waukesha. For its finale next weekend, Pro Men racers will have an opportunity to win over $10,000 in primes alone during Saturday's ISCorp Downer Classic, thanks in large part to Ben's Cycle and ISCorp. The Madison Capital Criterium pb American Family Insurance and Trek Bicycle next Sunday will offer Pro Men at least $3,500 in primes.
Pro Women will have their share of prime money to go after next weekend as well, and given the feats of strength we've already seen from the fields, sparks will fly in the street. In Grafton, the field lit up for a mid-race prime, and let it fly from there. With five remaining, Kristen Lasasso (Mellow Mushroom) inched off the front as Team Kenda pb Geargrinder pushed hard on the backside with three to go. Everyone back together with two remaining, the magic eight ball came back: anyone's race. Lasasso still led the parade with one lap to go, ultimately leading teammate Laura Van Gilder to victory and two arms in the Becker Law Pink Overall Leader's Jersey. Erica Allar (RideClean pb Patentit.com) and Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Co.) stood second and third on the podium. Mellow Mushroom retains the lead in the 5-hour Energy Team Omnium standings.
View previous race reports in the archive.