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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.
Pepper Palace Pic Stays in Pink; Astellas' Feehery Claims Victory in Tight Race
The Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continued Sunday in Waukesha for the Couri Insurance Carl Zach Cycling Classic.
The Pro Women continue to exhibit exceptional experience, strength and skill, foreshadowing stellar racing for the remaining seven days of the ToAD omnium competition. Under the influence of hot sun and big primes, teamwork shined Sunday, with Pepper Palace, Fearless Femme, ISCorp-SmartChoice MRI, UnitedHealthcare and Mellow Mushroom on point.
Mellow Mushroom's Laura Van Gilder and Kristin LaSasso lead the charge with three to go as Van Gilder tucked behind UHC's Abigail Mickey with two remaining. Coming down the final line, racers were four wide as Tina Pic (Pepper Palace) powered through for the win with Van Gilder and Lauretta Hanson crossing the line, second and third, respectively. Cari Higgins (UnitedHealthCare) took fourth, after competing in the Masters 1-2 Men's race, immediately preceding the Pro Women's race. Pic takes back the pink Boston Store Overall Leader Jersey but the competition is tight among some of the best female athletes in our sport. Nicole Mertz (ISCorp) went home in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur jersey, another close omnium race. ISCorp retains the lead in the SmartChoice MRI Team Omnium standings but Fearless Femme is within reach.
The Pro Men put on a phenomenal show before a near record crowd in Waukesha. Fast from the gun, it was a revolving door at the front on a day with $1,200 in Pro Men primes. The day's top story, the break of 11, which formed with 20 laps remaining: Rob White (Avant), Astellas' Brandon Feehery and Dan Gardner, Glenn O'Shea (Budget Forklift), Omar Mendoza (Liciclismo-Meta), Adam Leibovitz (Bissell-ABG), Grant Erhard (SBR Racing), Aldo Ino Ilesic (AltoVelo-SeaSucker), Ruben Companioni Blanco (Stradalli-Safetti), Owen Gillott (Hagen-Berman) and Emile Abraham (Texas Roadhouse), who won the Masters 1-2 racer earlier in the day.
Their boys up the road, Astellas and Budget Forklift minded the field with impressive blocking. Four laps to go, the gap from the break to the field was just nine seconds. Three remaining, the field was caught, and it was anyone's race. Around the final turn, screaming down the final stretch, the break and the field blending like a delicious smoothie, the finish line cameras eventually called it final: Astella's Feehery for the win, O'Shea second, Ilesic third. Spectacular finish. Feehery takes over the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Yellow Overall Leader jersey while Jose Frank Rodriquez stays in the Oarsman Green Cat 2 Amateur jersey. Both omnium competitions remain close. Alto-Velo Seasucker stays atop the SmartChoice MRI Team Omnium standings.
Tour of America's Dairyland Day 5 travels to State Fair Park on Monday for a day of racing at The Milwaukee Mile.
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