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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.
Day 9 of 11: Fond du Lac Commonwealth Classic
No Stopping Athlete Octane and Team TIBCO; Downer Avenue Prime-a-pa-mooooza hits Saturday
The 11-day Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continued Friday in Downtown Fond du Lac with the fan-friendly Commonwealth Classic.
For the Pro Women, competition remains tight in both the Boston Store/Younkers Overall and Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Omnimums. Entering the day's 60 minutes, just four points separated Sam Schneider (Team TIBCO) and Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking), with only 10 between Schneider and Fearless Femme Tina Pic. In the Cat 2 Amateur competition, Skylar Schneider had just four points of breathing room ahead of Laura Jorgenson (Mellow Mushroom).
Both fields demonstrated their days of rest were over as excitable energy was prevalent. Starla Teddergreen (Cloud Racing) launched out of the gate with two laps in before the field calmed to form a break. The super squad of three - Jorgensen, Amy Phillips (Pepper Palace) and Mandy Heintz (Fearless Femme) had a gap north of 30 seconds just twenty minutes in, which grew to 40 seconds by the midway point. Nicole Mertz (ISCorp), Shelby Reynolds (Monster Media) and Diana Penuala (Specialized Colombia), all stopped at the prime bank but the interest needle didn't even move for the break's cash toss-out. The gap down to 21 seconds with six remaining, Liza Rachetto (Vanderkitten) was making moves as the crowd began to line the boards.
The pivotal move with three to go would establish the tone and tempo of the race's end. Jorgensen and Heintz attached Phillips on the backside of the course as Joanne Kiesanowski (TIBCO), a familiar name in the past week, took over Phillips spot. Sprint ability put to the test, it was all Heintz for the win, with Jorgensen and Allar rounding out the podium's climb atop second and third steps, respectively.
Sam Schneider's Overall lead in the Boston Store/Younkers omnium competition was shaved by one, leaving just four points of separation between her and Allar. Four points also separate Skylar Schneider and Jorgensen in the Cat 2 Amateur contest. Team TIBCO is the runaway winner in the Smart Choice MRI Pro Team Omnium competition.
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Yellow Overall Jersey leader Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane) entered the night 23 points ahead of Owen Gillott (Hagens Berman), as he was joined by 116 others at the line.
Breaks of two, breaks of 15, attacks, chases, sitbacks.rinse, wash, repeat.for much of the Men's race. Holloway, Alexander Ray (Hincapie) and Morris (Team Clif Bar) all surged for more face time ahead of the field before an appreciative crowd. Colton Barrett (Athlete Octane) continued to play the role of the cleaner, sucking up most of the cash thrown out.
A major tangle near the SRAM pit left several riders standing roadside for several laps including Krous (Astellas), Pimentel (Foundation) and teammates Ratzell and Haas (Airgas). Reshuffled, a solid break of Williams (Astellas), Holloway and Garibay (Predator) formed before massive resets and prime pick-ups. The race was neutralized temporarily after a scuffle just past Start/Finish with 16 to go. Gravel brushed and rash prominent, the race soon recalibrated with Team Clif Bar pounding. Athelte Octane plotting. And Astellas, crushing the front part of the field in 1-2-3-4-5 as 4 laps remained.
Taking it to the line, Holloway nipped Williams for the win with Williams' Astellas teammate Feehery securing third. Holloway stays in the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Yellow Overall Leader Jersey and was joined on stage with Athlete Octane teammates for recognition as the Smart Choice MRI Pro Team Omnium Leader.
Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continues Saturday with the beyond awesome ISCorp Downer Classic, home of the Ben's Super Prime for Pro Men and Pro Women. All said and done, in excess of $10,000 in cash primes will be awarded to Pro Men and Pro Women during the highly anticipated Downer race. Substantial primes courtesy of ISCorp and Colectivo Coffee, among others, will keep all categories throughout the day well energized. The 2014 ISCorp Downer Classic promises to be one of the most amazing days of racing that Downer Avenue has ever seen.
View previous race reports in the archive.