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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.
2012 Tour of America's Dairyland Stage 6 Race Report
Day 6: Schlitz Park Criterium
Another Powerhouse Victory for Kenda 5-Hour Stemper; RideClean/Patentit.com Allar Takes Top Step
Kenda 5-Hour Energy pb Geargrinder made his presence known early Tuesday night at the Schlitz Park Criterium, stage 6 of Tour of America's Dairyland pb Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Going solo off the front less than 20 minutes in, Stemper and 11 other riders had quickly gone clear off the front, and stayed there, as racers dropped fast and furiously on the grueling course.
The break of 12 included Stemper and teammates Chad Hartley and John Murphy, Cole House (Competitive Cycling), Frank Pipp (Bissell), Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation), Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse), Emile Abrahahm (Latino Cycling Team), Fabrizio Von Nacher (Velo Club LaGrange), Augusto Sanchez (GS Mengoni), Cody O'Reilly (Optum Pro Cycling), and Andrew Baker (Bissell).
Establishing a one minute gap just a third of the way into the 90-minute contest, the gap held steady with some exploratory moves thrown into the mix to keep everyone guessing as Bahati refused to be baited with primes. Ten laps remaining, the break started to scatter with the gap starting to close. Stemper started to pound with a handful left, and House followed. But Stemper Nation fans slapping the barricades saw Stemper with the support of teammates Hartley and Murphy take the victory with House in second. Pipp put in a huge ride for third.
Thru Stage 6, the top four slots in the Overalls belong to Kenda 5-hour Energy pb Geargrinder, with Murphy in the yellow Overall leaders jersey. Erik Loberg (GDVC) stays in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 jersey.
In the Pro Women's race, Anna Barensfeld (Team Optum pb Kelly Benefit Strategies) shot off to a commanding 32-second lead just 15 minutes, crouched down in a time trial position and seemingly untouchable.
But the Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandits squad lurked behind at the front of the field, and with 20 minutes remaining, a field prime sparked some action, cutting the gap to just 13 second. With seven to go, Barenfeld was joined by Erica Allar (Ride Clean/Patentit.com), with the field together next time around. Heather Sprenger then jumped up front to snatch a sizable prime. Four to go, it was Kristen Lasasso (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandits) at the front of the field ahead of Barensfeld and teammate Laura Van Gilder, with Sprenger sitting fourth wheel.
Back together one more time before Barensfeld teammate Courteney Lowe took the front ahead of Van Guilder with two remaining. Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit's Scotti Wilborne took charge with one to go, pulling Van Gilder and Lasasso as Barenfeld fell back. But screaming around the corner into the limited final stretch, it was Allar and Van Gilder all out with Allar taking the win from Van Gilder. Emily Collins (Vanderkitten-Focus) rounded out the podium. Van Gilder stays in the pink Overall Becker Law jersey as teammate Wilborne keep the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 jersey.
Stage 7 heads to Fond du Lac on Wednesday for a road race, with temperatures expected to climb into the 90s, before four days of NCC races get underway on Thursday in Sheboygan.
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