Win with Chocolate Milk
Daily Cow Tip
- 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.
Day 5 of 11: Beloit Bike Classic
presented by Beloit Health System
Astellas' Justin Williams Jets to Victory; Fearless Femme Tina Pic Wins the Day as Boston Store-Younkers Pro Women Overall Omnium Competition Heats Up
Day 5 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board took riders south along the Fox River for a new ToAD race venue, the Beloit Bike Classic presented by Beloit Health System.
Post-NCC, and nearly at the halfway point of the 11-day series, Pro Men and Pro Women alike seemed to have an unsaid understanding that today was a day of much needed rejuvenation to recover from muscle fatigue, draining humidity, and stiff competition.
All said, the racing was still solid. Midway through the Pro Women's 60-minute contest, Jacqueline Parker (Cloud Racing) went hard off the front only to have the wind taken out of her sails after Joanne Kiesanowski picked up a prime, and kept on going. Joined by Jen Purcell (Colavita), the two formed a small, short-lived gap. Another cash carrot brought Diana Penuela (Specialized Colombia) to the front for a moment before Laura Parsons (Pioneer Mortgage- Yourkey.com) went up the road, with Gabby Durrin (Rapha-Focus) on the chase.
A reset brought Penuela ahead of the line along with Laura Jorgensen (Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers), Mandy Heintz (Fearless Femme-Pure Energy) and Andreina Rivera (ISCorp). A $200 prime with four remaining gave Tracey Cameron (Fearless Femme) some bank before she tucked tight with two to go. Anyone's race with one to go and everyone together, Cameron teammate Tina Pic led the way with Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Sam Schneider (TIBCO) and Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking) on fire. Pic held on for the win with Schneider and Allar rounding out the podium at second and third, respectively.
Schneider keeps the Pink Overall Boston Store/Younker's jersey in her closet, just two points ahead of Allar and five ahead of Pic. Schneider's sister Skylar stays in the Green Oarsman Cat 2 Amateur jersey but not without her own head-to-head battle as she sits just nine points ahead of Jorgenson (Mellow Mushroom). Team TIBCO continues to dominate the Smart Choice MRI Pro Women Team Omnium competition.
The Pro Men's contest started with 101 riders on the line including one, Mike Friedman (Team Optum), who raced with chocolate milk in his bottle - highly call-up worthy. Much of the race was a grab bag, featuring a mix of riders at the front with every lap. Notable was Spencer Oswalk (ISCorp) who launched a 10-minute solo flyer, reminiscent of former-ISCorp rider Alexander Ray (Hincapie Sports Devo) at 30 minutes in. Spencer was caught, Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane) collected more prime money to stow beneath the floorboard, and then it was seemingly a friendly group ride with deep internal scheming no doubt.
Blake Anton (Team Clif Bar) and Sebastian Trillini (Hagens Berman) showed off their serious contender moves but the field just looked exhausted from their past four days. Nudged from hibernation at 10 laps to go with a $400 prime, Andrew Dahlheim (Athlete Octane) stole the cash then loitered for a bit as the nervous energy of Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Racing) was palpable. Plenty of movement in the final laps, with Bahati driving hard before getting pushed back by Athlete Octane and Hagens Berman. Astellas and Champion Systems-Stan's No Tubes join the massive metal-to-the-floor sprint as the crowd got to witness Justin Williams (Astellas) wind up with superhero force to cross the victory line. Athlete Octane's Holloway took second for the night but remains in the Yellow Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Overall Leader Jersey. Miguel Bryon was a new face on the podium at third. Athlete Octane has a stranglehold on the Smart Choice MRI Pro Men Team Omnium competition.
Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continues Tuesday with a highly technical course at the Schlitz Park Criterium near Downtown Milwaukee before heading to Elkhart Lake on Wednesday for a celebrated road race at Road America.
View previous race reports in the archive.