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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 10 Race Report
Day 10: ISCorp Downer Classic
(Third of four USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) ToAD dates)
Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit's Laura Van Guilder on Cruise Control; Kenda 5-Hour Energy Shut Out from Day's Podium
Stage 10 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is a racer and fan favorite, as spectators line the course starting mid-morning. By late afternoon, tens of thousands line the course many deep, pack neighborhood lawns, and stack parking garage ledges. This experience is the ISCorp Downer Classic, a more ideal venue for the third of four Wisconsin NCC races there could not be.
The Pro Women's race started with some special call-ups to the line. Four racers from different teams were granted permission to wear special identical jerseys in honor of former teammate Megan Baab, who was struck and killed by a car while training last December. Rachel Byus (FCS Rouse), Kate Chilcott (VanderKitten-Focus), Courteney Lowe (Optum Pro Cycling pb Kelly Benefits) and Jenna Kowalski (Stage 17 Racing) came at the Downer Classic start line to honor former teammate Baab at one of her favorite races. That spirit of the sport continued into the evening.
Everyone kept together for the most part of the highly technical Downer Classic course but heavy primes inside 10 to go kept things interesting. Cari Higgins (Exergy Twenty12) bested Carrie Cash Wooten (Pedal the Cause) to grab the $1,000 Ben's Cycle Prime with 7 remaining. After a little play, the riders fell back into formation with Exergy Twenty12 and Team TIBCO up front, with four to go. Another lap, another story as next time around the Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandits squad controlled the front of the field with Overall Leader Laura Van Gilder sitting on the inside. Team TIBCO was stacked four deep on the front with Van Gilder again on the backside of their train, as the lap counter flashed 2. Sarah Fader (Tradewinds Racing) was pushing Van Gilder all the way to the line but Van Gilder's strength secured yet another win. Thader took the second step on the podium, with Erica Allar standing at third. Van Gilder stays in the pink Becker Law Overall leaders jersey for the 11-day Tour of America's Dairyland as well as atop the standings for the four NCC Tour of America's Dairyland races.
By the time the Pro Men took the line, the crowd was ready to pound, scream, and cowbell it up for the next 90 minutes. Fifteen minutes in to the race, an incident on the backside of the course caused a temporary back-up in the pit but once everyone got back on the road, the pace quickly jumped to over 30 miles per hour as the riders kept an open ear for updates on the Ben's Cycle Ultra Prime. Minor solo breaks, major shuffles, pro level attacks from local teams, and more primes all contributed to the day's quick-moving action.
At 16 laps to go, and with Clay Murfet (Mountain Khakis), Joshua Johnson (Bissell) and Pat Lemieux (Kenda 5-Hour Energy pb Geargrinder) off the front, the Ben's Cycle Ultra Prime was announced. The field pounced for the $6,250 prize, with Kenda 5-Hour Energy charging and Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation) chasing. Kenda 5-Hour Energy's Isaac Howe did Saturday night what he did back in 2011 at the ISCorp Downer Classic, snatching the prime on the backside of the course. The field now charged, a break of 9 formed with 11 laps remaining and were out of the sight of the field by 9 to go. The stars of the show...Luca Damiani (Kenda 5-Hour Energy), Rory Sutherland (United Healthcare), Fabrizio Von Nacher (Velo Club LaGrange), Daniel Harm (ABD Cycling Club), Anthony Olson (Mitsubishi Laser), Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling), Cody O'Reilly (Optum Pro Cycling), Augusto Sanchez (GS Mengoni) and James Stemper (Kenda 5-Hour Energy).
For the remainder of the race, the break stuck together, rotating, before slowing with one to go and preparing for anyone's race. It came down to three, with none of them showing Kenda. In the end, O'Reilly (Optum) grabbed the stage win with Von Nacher (Velo Club La Grange) in second, and Sanchez (GS Mengoni), whose team had a solid day of primes, in third. Dylan Kennett took the field sprint. Von Nacher took over the Overall NCC leaders spot for the four races during Tour of America's Dairyland while Kenda 5-Hour Energy's John Murphy secured the Overall 11-day Tour of America's Dairyland leader's jersey.
Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board concludes Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin, for a day of racing and podium presentations around the State capitol.
View previous race reports in the archive.