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.
Strong Gusts, Heavy Rain and 100% Chance of Hanson & Sunderland Producing Win Storms
If Dorothy started out on her bike in Wisconsin, she and Toto would have returned to Kansas in record time as the wicked winds during the Milwaukee Mile Circuit Race at State Fair Park topped 50 miles per hour at times. Still, Day 5 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board refused to allow hefty gusts, rain sheets and lightning prevent the show from going on. Temporary delays and puddles begone, the day's races went off on the oldest operating motor speedway in America.
With the pavement dry but a challenge enough to stay upright, Pepper Palace's Julie Kuliecza, Amy Cutler (Fearless Femme) and Philippa Sutton (New Zealand Cycling) went off the front with four laps remaining of the Pro Women's shortened 50-minute contest. Sutton teammate Sheath took over pole position and was joined by Abby Krawczyk (ISCorp-SmartChoiceMRI) with three to go. Leading the charge with two on the counter was Krawczyk and Kristin LaSasso (Mellow Mushroom). Coming into the final stretch, it was a slo-mo sprint through the wind tunnel with Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme) powering through for the win. Sheath and ISCorp's Holly Mathews took second and third, respectively.
Hanson slipped back into the pink Boston Store Leader Jersey but the competition is strong as just 11 points separate Hanson, Tina Pic (Pepper Palace), Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) and Yussely Soto (ISCorp) going into the mid-point of TOAD. Mathews takes over the green Oarsman Cat 2 Leader Jersey, just one point ahead of ISCorp teammate Nicole Mertz and three up from Janelle Cole (Fearless Femme). ISCorp stays atop the SmartChoice MRI Team Omnium standings but Fearless Femme is within reach.
Early on in the Men's Pro race, Hector Aquilar (Stradalli-Safetti) and Omar Mendoza (Liciclismo Meta Colombia) put forth a ginormous effort going way up the road with GS Mengoni's Eugene Boronow in pursuit. Mac Cassin (AltoVelo-SeaSucker) and Owen Gillott (Hagens Berman) soon replaced Boronow with AltoVelo Daniel Holloway and Texas Roadhouse Colton Barrett taking charge in the field. Holloway and Barrett were soon in hot pursuit as the gap grew to 30 seconds then fell to 15. The catch was made, and the gap back to the field was now at 45 seconds. Mendoza made a move away from the remaining trio as the field came closing in.
Mendoza confident in the driver's seat, those in the back seat kept shuffling as Cassin and ISCorp's Labecki caught up with Mendoza. Now being chased by Companioni Blanco (Stradalli) and Cristian Serrano (Liciclismo) 17 seconds in the rear view mirror, the break again sat 30 seconds ahead of the field dominated by Astellas and Budget Forklift. The break was now four, as Labecki fell back. Shuffle those shells in the field, and let's see who is hiding where. One to go, it was Budget Forklift and AltoVelo driving with Liciclismo and Stradalli in the mix as Alexander Ray (Silber Racing) crouched low. A familiar face o the TOAD podium, it was Budget Forklift's Scott Sunderland capturing the win and a reunion with the Overall Yellow Leader Jersey. The Overall is a close competition with just five points separating Sunderland, ARay, Brandon Feehery (Astellas) and Aldo Ino Ilesic (AltoVelo), who also took second in the day's race and stood tall on the stage with AltoVelo teammates as leaders in the SmartChoice MRI Pro Team Omnium competition. Aray stood third on the day's podium but sits just two points behind Sunderland in the Overall. Jose Frank Rodriquez stays atop the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 standings.
Day 6 of Tour of America's Dairyland finds racers just outside Downtown Milwaukee for the Schlitz Park Criterium.
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