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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.
Revving Their Engines for Milk:
Pic and Bobridge
Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board traveled to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for a closed circuit race at Road America, a legendary four-mile, 14-turn loop.
The Pro Women clung together for the duration of their contest, seemingly to reserve fuel for the final four days. Fearless Femme Starla Teddergreen and SmartChoice MRI's Jeannie Kuhajek led the charge with two on the lap counter while New Zealand Cycling's Elizabeth Steel attempted to break from the field with one to go but it was Tina Pic (Pepper Palace) who was first to cross the line. Kaitlyn Antonneau (TWENTY16-Sho-Air) took second while Laura Van Gilder stood proudly on the third step of the TOAD podium.
Teamwork and strategy will be integral throughout the final days of ToAD as overall competitions are tight, with every place and point impacting standings. Pic sits just one point below Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme) who stays in the pink Boston Store overall leader jersey. Hanson and her teammates are still within striking distance of the ISCorp-SmartChoiceMRI team, who top the SmartChoiceMRI team omnium standings. Tie breaker criteria keeps ISCorp's Nicole Nicole Mertz in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 amateur jersey over Janelle Cole (Fearless Femme), going into Neenah.
The sun above intense and the air sticky, the competition on the Road America track was heated as a break of 8 developed after four laps: Dan Gardner (Astellas), Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklift), Zachary Nehr (ISCorp), Ben Hill (Charter Mason-Giant), Dan Chauner (Atomic Energy), Liciclismo's Antonio Alarcon and Christian Guitterez, and Hector Aguilar (Stradalli). Various chase groups in multiples of four and two formed for the duration of the 65-mile effort, as the band of eight grew the gap to 3:00. But it was Bobridge who celebrated on the top step of the podium with Schlitz Park winner Ben Hill taking second and Gardner third.
Alexander Ray (Silber Racing) stays in the yellow Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board overall leader jersey with Scott Sunderland (Budget Forklift) and Brandon Feehery (Astellas), sitting just three and five points out, respectively. Budget Forklift retains top billing in the SmartChoice MRI Pro Team Omnium standings, 20 points ahead of Astellas. AltoVelo-Seasucker fell into third after taking the day off from racing. Stradalli's Jose Frank Rodriguez stays in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 leader jersey with LAPT's Billy Mulligan closing in three points back.
Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continues Thursday with the Neenah Rocket Criterium, a new host venue for ToAD.
View previous race reports in the archive.