Win with Chocolate Milk
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.
2011 Tour of America's Dairyland Stage 6 Race Report
June 21st: Schlitz Park Criterium
Battered by the beauty and the beast of yesterday's Greenbush Road Race, riders entered Tuesday craving chocolate milk as well as some recovery time during Stage 6 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. They were treated to gorgeous riverfront views amid the Schlitz Park development overlooking a metropolis skyline. Thing is, much of that serene setting was the backdrop.
The reality is the actual Schlitz Park Criterium course was a challenge of behemoth magnitude. Its intensity was shredding riders throughout the day as they tried to negotiate Brewers Hill, tricky corners, steep downhills, and a chicane on the backside that led out to the finishing stretch.
If the number of starters vs. actual finishers is any indication, the fields are ready to give the ol' legs a little rest. Nearly half of the Pro Women crossed the line, and of the 102 Pro Men starters, just 30 finished. Race announcers were starting to wonder if a good flick was being shown on the backside. Riders were falling off pace and just surrendering.
The Pro Women faced a brief suspension while the rain and lightning passed but the minor time out didn't seem to halt Mellow Mushroom's momentum. Kristen Lasasso moved off the front with three to go for a $100 prime and never looked back. Lasasso made her win look effortless as the field was back 27 seconds with one to go. Mellow Mushroom teammate Laura Van Gilder, entering and leaving the day in the Becker Law Pink and White Leader's jersey, took the field sprint from Kate Chilcott (FCS/Metro Volkswagen), for the 1-2 Mellow Mushroom punch as they continue their dominant streak as the 5-hour Energy Pro Team Omnium leader. Laura Parsons (Primal Rose Bandits) takes over the Oarsman Capital Amateur Cat 2 Green Leaders Jersey.
The Pro Men's field saw separation throughout the day but the real story began early on, with Rudy Napolitano (Monster Media) and U.S. Pro Crit Champ Daniel Holloway (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Optum Health) forming a 2-man break, which held steady.
Three chasers - Serghei Tvetcov (Aerocat), Luis Alejandro-Zamudio (Herbalife-LaGrange) and Christopher Monteleone (Kenda 5-hour Energy-Geargrinder) - launched off the front for an extended period for an impressive showing but the field all came back together. Brian Sheedy (Hampton Trails Bike Shop) made a valiant effort as well as a solitary chaser with 16 to go.
But ultimately, the gap to the field grew to one minute 15 seconds, with the breakaway approaching the back of the field. Napolitano and Holloway never showed any signs of weakness - even though we learned prior to podium that Holloway lost a pedal with four to go, leaving him to race the final four 0.8 mile laps with one pedal.
In the field sprint, Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ-Pista Palace) and Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V) played cat and mouse but in the end, Aerocat came around the front with Cantwell on the outside with not enough time or space, giving Aerocat's Tvetcov the green light for the third step on the podium and his team another day as the 5-hour Energy Pro Team Omnium leader. The Oarsman Capital Amateur Cat 2 Green Jersey gets passed to Dallas Fowler.
Tour of America's Dairyland continues Wednesday with a non-aero bar Time Trial in Ripon followed by back-to-back crits in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac before a closing PRIME-a-pa-moooooo-za weekend featuring over $10,000 in primes alone at the ISCorp Downer Classic on Saturday.
View previous race reports in the archive.