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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 10 Race Report
June 25th: ISCorp Downer Classic
The second to last day of the 2011 Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board was billed as part one of a "Prime -a-pa-moooooo-za Cash Cow" Weekend", and racers were treated to nothing less at the ISCorp Downer Classic.
For a dozen or so laps, there were five in the core.Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Julie Jerue (Nova ISCorp), Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder teammates Ashley James and Kelly Hess, and Michelle Melka (Red Racing). Soon after, the breakaway and field were reset with a rapid progression of primes from title sponsor of the historic Downer race, ISCorp. It became a dash for cash with the initial $300 thrown out, and when that was immediately followed up with $500 for the break, Becker Law Pink Overall Leader Van Gilder just went for it, and never looked back.
As the break was falling apart with two to go, Van Gilder stayed solo off the front, forming a nine second gap while Mary Ellen Ash (Metromint) came out of nowhere to claim a $700 field prime. With one remaining, there were four chasers but Van Gilder just ran away with it for the win and stay in pink. Jerue and James rounded out the podium, with Melka and Hess in at 4 and 5, respectively. Holly Mathews (Nova ISCorp) took the furious field sprint for a sixth place finish.
While Mellow Mushroom is dominating the Becker Law Pink and 5-hour Energy Team Competition Overalls, the uncertainly of who will ultimately land in the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur green jersey continues between Hess and Starla Teddergreen (Vanderkitten-Focus). This contest will come right down to the wire on Sunday in Madison, as Hess gains control of the green and white cow print on Downer, with fewer than five points separating the two.
The Pro Men shot out of the gate, and never really cooled their jets around the 0.9 mile Downer course. James Bird (Nova ISCorp) and Sam Witmitz (Garneau) made a move early on but it didn't take long for Chad Hartley (Kenda 5-hour Energy pb Geargrinder) and Serghei Tvetcov to get fidgety. The gap shrinking and field charging, they all came back together in no time but there was an uneasiness in the air, as riders knew there'd be major primes offered but weren't sure to what extent.
At 25 remaining, Brett Tivers (Garneau) jumped to the front as the field just started percolating, with the Kenda/5-hour Energy train building. Before long, Kenda/5-hour Energy established a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 formation, all the while Aerocat lurking. Then chaos ensued with 13 to go as the $6,000 Ben's Cycle Ultra Prime was announced. A lap and a quarter later, Isaac Howe (Kenda-5-hour Energy) crossed the prime line on the backside of the course to pack his pockets full of green.
The Ben's Cycle Ultra Prime shattered the field, leaving many riders struggling to even hang on. Most would have liked to have called it a day at that point but Mike Weber of ISCorp walked on stage, with part angel and part devil on either shoulder, announcing there'd be more prime money.but the trek in getting to it would be nothing short of brutal. As Tivers picked up a $400 ISCorp prime, another one was immediately launched at the riders. Ka-ching, Tivers for two.grabbing another $700. Another ISCorp was tossed out, this one for $1,000, and it was all Tivers for a third time, tapping energy reserves and strength unknown to man. A $1,400 ISCorp Field Prime was then broadcast, with Colton Barrett (Kelly Benefits Strategies] answering the call.
Tivers miraculously hung on for the win, making it look effortless, as Josh Carter (Aerocat) put up an impressive effort to win the field sprint and second on the podium. Cole House (realcyclist.com) rounded out the day's top three. Tvetcov remains in Overall yellow with Aerocat still standing atop the 5-hour Energy Team Competition. But with just one day of racing to go, Kenda 5-hour Energy p/b Geargrinder is still in contention.
Bird stays in Green but the door has yet to close completely on Dallas Fowler (Kuhl).
The 11-day 2011 Tour of America's Dairyland culminates around the State Capitol Square for the Madison Capital Criterium presented by Trek Bicycle and American Family Insurance on Sunday.
View previous race reports in the archive.