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.
Schlitz Park's Bully of a Course Loses to UHC's Higgins and Charter Mason's Ben Hill
While the Rolling Stones were performing their chart-topping hit "Sympathy for the Devil" five miles from the Schlitz Park Criterium at Miller Park, the real sympathy of the day was for the racers, who battled the most technical of all 11 ToAD venues.
Fields starting Day 6 of the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board were halved by race end, with racers either getting pulled by officials or removing themselves voluntarily from exhaustion. A couple riders rode in on bikes, and walked away with origami projects. On a day like Tuesday, all racers deserve a standing ovation.
It was a shuffle throughout most of the blue sky day in downtown Milwaukee for the Pro Women. The race started to take shape with seven laps to go when Cari Higgins (United Health Care) bested New Zealand Cycling for $150 cash prime and kept rolling. Two to go, Higgins and Alysha Keith (New Zealand Cycling) showed no signs of letting go, having built a 14-second gap with Fearless Femme leading the charge in the field. Argon18 Racing, United Health Care and Mellow Mushroom were driving in the field with one lap on the counter but no one was a match for Higgins as she claimed yet another ToAD victory. New Zealand Cycling teammates Keith and Lauren Ellis, stood second an third, respectively, atop the podium.
Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme) keeps the pink Boston Store Overall Leader Jersey in her closet for another evening, ahead of Tina Pic (Pepper Palace) in the standings by just four points. Hanson and her teammates are also within reach of the ISCorp-SmartChoiceMRI team, who are currently lead the SmartChoiceMRI team omnium competition. ISCorp's Nicole Mertz takes over the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 jersey from fellow ISCorp rider Holly Mathews but Janelle Cole (Fearless Femme) is a threat sitting just three points back.
A break of three formed early in the Pro Men's race which turned their 90 minutes into two competitions. Adam Myerson (Astellas), Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklift) and Charter Mason's Ben Hill went up the road early, and with that move, they left this forwarding address for the field: One Lap Ahead. Over an hour of racing on the clock, the gap had grown to 45 seconds. The trio lapped the field with 22 laps remaining. Chasers changed.AltoVelo-SeaSucker Holloway, Alexander Ray (Silber), Astellas teammates Steven Hyde and Brandon Feehery, Ruben Companioni (Stradalli), Colton Barrett (Texas Roadhouse).to name a few. The field catching then splintering; the gap widening then closing; Holloway pleading for prime cash. It was a battle for podium position, a race for fourth and a push for all-important GC points for Overall. Intense camera review ultimately awarded Hill with the victory, with Bobridge taking second and a humbled Myerson third. Ray takes over the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Overall Leader Jersey by the smallest of margins as Bobridge Budget Forklift teammate and Milwaukee Mile winner Scott Sunderland and Alto-Velo Aldo Ino Ilesic are tied one point below Ray at 87, with Feehery hardly resting at 86. Jose Frank Rodriquez retains the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 jersey but LAPT's Billy Mulligan is breathing heavily four points back. Budget Forklift takes over the SmartChoice Pro Team Omnium lead from AltoVelo.
Tour of America's Dairyland Day 7 continues Wednesday at the closed-course historic Road America Race Track in Elkhart Lake.
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