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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 Final Stage 11 Race Report
presented by Trek Bicycle and American Family Insurance
Mellow Mushroom and Aerocat Dominate
The 2011 Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board came to a close on Sunday, appropriately at the Dairyland's state capital of Madison, before sun-drenched fans, Katie Wirkus - the 64th Alice in Dairyland, and a break-dancing Bucky Badger, the University of Wisconsin-Madison mascot.
At the day's starting line, female riders offered Don Becker, the man behind the Becker Law Pink Jersey, a round of applause for his continued dedication to women's cycling.
The Mellow Mushroom trio of Laura Van Gilder, Kristen Lasasso and Carrie Cash-Wooten became podium stars as well as crowd favorites early on in ToAD, and that's just how they left the Tour. Van Gilder, who won eight of the 11 ToAD contests including Sunday the at Madison Capital Criterium p/b Trek Bicycles and American Family Insurance, was bested only twice by teammate Lasasso and once by Ashley James (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder) at the Ripon Time Trial.
The sixth-tenths of a mile Madison course was fast, holding the field together much of the day. A couple primes sparked some action, and with an assist from Lasasso, Van Gilder pounded away at the front of the field in the last lap for the stage win and permanent placement in the Becker Law Pink Overall Champion Jersey. Emily Collins (VanderKitten) and Holly Mathews (ISCorp) rounded out the stage podium, with Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Co.) and Lassaso joining on the second and third step, respectively, of the Overall podium.
Cash-Wooten had a mechanical inside eight laps to go but fought back the remainder of the race to hang on and finish to secure Mellow Mushroom's spot atop the 5-hour Energy Pro Women's Team Competition. Mellow Mushroom exhibited the essence of teamwork throughout the 11-days.
In the contest for the highly sought after Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Green Jersey, the volley fell in Kelley Hess' (Team Kenda) favor, snipping the title and jersey away from Teddergreen by a mere three points. Oarsman Capital's Bob Phelps presented the Overall jerseys, along with a little extra green, to both the winning female and male Cat 2 Amateur riders.
In the Pro Men's Race, a solid breakaway of three formed just five laps in, which went nowhere fast except farther up the road. Daniel Holloway (Kelly Benefits Strategies p/b Optum Health), Brett Tivers (Garneau Test Team) and Serghei Tvetcov (Aerocat) made up the well-oiled untouchable machine that left the field resigned to focusing on fourth place and beyond. As the gap exceeded 41 seconds and the breakaway was on approach to lap the field, attacks were attempted and then pulled back. The break appeared cool as if on a practice ride just cycling through the paceline.
Primes were flying out the window faster than snow cones on a hot summer day... $100... $250... $500... $750... $1,000... and the field started to shatter. Chad Hartley (Kenda 5-hour Energy p/b Geargrinder), Rafael Meran (Foundation/CRCA), Shaun McCarthy (Garneau) and Cole House (Realcyclist.com) all got in on the money, as did Tivers himself, to create some excitement. But with just two to go, the field was wrecked. The 3-man break of strength held together from just lap five of the day's 90-minute race, and with one to go, it was Tvetcov attacking on the backside. But Holloway stuck it for the narrow win over Tvetcov and Tivers, who were in at two and three. Meran took the field sprint.
Tvetcov went home in the Yellow and White cow print Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Overall Champion Jersey, as Hartley and Euris Rafael Vidal (Foundation/CRCA) rounded out the Overall Pro Men's podium for the Series. Aerocat, who came to ToAD expecting to exit earlier in the week, stayed for the fun and the money, entertaining each other and the crowd, and ultimately walking away with the 5-hour Energy Pro Men's Team Omnium title.
ISCorp's James Bird held on to win the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Green Jersey over Kuhl's Dallas Fowler. Young Bird is certain to be a name on the ToAD podium for years to come.
On the drive on the Interstate out of Madison, the Kelly Benefits Strategies team car passed the ToAD pace car on the left and honked. Seems the squad only knows one speed, fast, regardless of how many wheels they're traveling on.
Big thanks to all the riders of every race category who came out to share their stories, sweat and smiles with fellow racers and fans. See you all in 2012. Register early.fields will fill up early! Thank you for making the 2011 Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board a mooo-velous year!
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