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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.
2013 Tour of America's Dairyland Day 11 Race Report
June 30th: East Tosa Gran Prix
presented by East Tosa Alliance
The final day of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board started with sidewalk cafes along the East Tosa Gran Prix race route packed with Sunday brunchers and residents on the course prepping for major lawn parties. By the day's final lap, the tens of thousands of sun-drenched fans stood eight deep along the barricades cheering wildly with appreciation for the racers.
Pulling up to the line Sunday afternoon, just three points separated Sam Schneider (Team TIBCO) and Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) so an all-out, full-gas finale was highly anticipated. And delivered. Van Gilder Mellow Mushroom teammate Scotti Wilborne took charge a few times throughout the 60-minute contest to do all she could to help get Van Gilder back into that pink Becker Law Leaders Jersey.
With four to go, it was Ali Tetrick (ExergyTWENTY16), fresh from her pick-up of the $1,000 Ben's Ultra Prime at the ISCORP-Intelligentsia Downer Classic, hammering on the front, with Van Gilder on her wheel. Next lap through, Tetrick's teammate Heather Fischer assumed control. But knowing the power and determination that had been demonstrated throughout ToAD by the day's start list, it was anyone's race. Coming around the final turn and up the hill, three riders were absolutely screaming. With Van Gilder on the outside and Schneider on the inside, Van Gilder snatched the win from Schneider by the width of a tire.
But with the omnium competition culminating in East Tosa, returning ToAD Overall champion Van Gilder lost her reign by just two points to Sam Schneider (Team TIBCO). Diana Penuela rounded out the podium, taking third in the day's race. Amy Phillips (Scenic City Velo/Hub Endurance) landed in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Overall Jersey.
In the Men's Pro race, a breakaway of eight formed, putting forth a collective effort to lap the field during the first half of the race. The exceptional eight: Predator-Carbon Repair's Cody O'Reilly and Dion Smith, Orlando Garibay (SC Velo-MRI Endurance), Jackie SImes (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis), Paul Morris (Team CLIF Bar), Jeyson Camilio Ullao (Indeportes Boyaca), Nathan Brown (Bontrager) and Alder Martz (Hincapie Devo Team).
Eight guys lapping the field is story enough but also making headlines once again was Alexander "ARay" Ray (ISCorp-Intelligentsia), who put in an outstanding solo effort off the front and into the wind for half of the race to secure ninth, gaining 3-4 seconds most laps. Meanwhile, with attention focused on the eight men up the road and ISCorp's ARay, who was quickly adopted by the crowd as a favorite son, five Predator-Carbon Repair riders started to be deliberate in their organization at the front of the field. Reminiscent of Saturday night, primes started hitting fast, with paydays going to Carbon-Repair, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, Texas Roadhouse and AG-Bicycles-Guttenplan Coaching.
Martz (Hincapie) made a move with three to go but on the other side of the line after the foot-to-the-metal sprint was Predator-Carbon Repair's Smith and O'Reilly going one and two for the day. Jeyson Camilo Ulloa (Indeportes Boyaca) was third to cross. Going home in the yellow Overall Leaders Jersey was Predator teammate Ricardo Escuela. LAPT's Dallas Fowler claimed the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amatuer Overall jersey.
As the 2013 Tour of America's Dairyland comes to a close Sunday night in East Tosa, we don't take for granted the support we have received in our first five years from our racers, averaging 600 oer day, who represented nearly 40 states and 10 countries this year. Or the spectators. We saw record fist-pumping, dasherboard-banging crowds in several communities, many of whom stayed late to spill out into the streets for the final podium of each night. Or our title sponsor, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, who believed in our sport from ToAD's beginning. As do all of our incredible sponsors, including newcomers this year: Markel Insurance, Dauphin, Four2OneSports, and MRI-Endurance. And to WCJ Pilgrim Wire and Intelligentsia Coffee, for helping to promote and propel outreach and expansion of Juniors racing, the future of our sport.
Grateful we are to all the athletes of every category, every fan from towns near and far, and all the sponsors, local venue partners, and volunteers. We are proud of our accomplishments but we realized we have some improvements to make as well, and we will not rest on our laurels. We promise to continue to listen to your feedback and our key learnings so that we may continue to improve Tour of America's Dairyland, whenever and wherever we can. We promise to deliver the largest and best competitive road race series in the United States.
Thank you for sharing the past 11 days with us here in Wisconsin at Tour of America's Dairyland. We all made it happen together. See you in 2014!
View previous race reports in the archive.