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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.
Quintessential Teamwork Rockets Myerson and Pic to Neenah Top Step
Neenah, Wisconsin, hosted the Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board for the first time in the series tenure, and the crowd was not disappointed by the display of teamwork, determination and athleticism.
Sixty Pro Women took to the Neenah Rocket Criterium line as overall omnium standings continued to be tight. Looking refreshed, they hit 26mph out of the gate. An ongoing game of chess throughout the race, major moves occurred with two laps on the counter. With Pepper Palace and ISCorp-SmartChoice MRI leading the charge with Mellow Mushroom's Kristien LaSasso up and out of her saddle, racers saw one to go. All together out of the final turn, Tina Pic (Pepper Palace) came flying down the straightaway on the inside for another ToAD victory. Cari Higgins (UnitedHealthCare) stood second on the podium, picking up some hefty primes along the way. Laura Van Gilder returned to the third step.
In the Boston Store Pro Women's Overall Omnium, Lauretta Hanson (Fearless Femme) hands the pink leader jersey over to Pic who leads by just four points, with Van Gilder and Yussely Soto (ISCorp) still within striking distance. Hanson teammate Janelle Cole slips into the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 leader jersey. ISCorp stays atop the SmartChoiceMRI Pro Team Omnium standings but Fearless Femmes is within reach 25 points back. Crowds have been treated to some phenomenal women's racing, and the final three days promise to be nothing short of spectacular.
The Pro Men continued to have their fun with snaking and chasing and pick-pocketing of primes throughout. A legit break of four formed roughly 30 minutes in: Grant Erhard (SBR Racing), Adam Myerson (Astellas), Omar Mendoza (Liciclismo Meta) and Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklift). The gap at 20 seconds, AltoVelo's Daniel Holloway was on the chase and was joined by three others with the gap growing to 40. Multiple chase groups forming and dissolving; primes seemingly caught then stolen, the race was a shell game. Just under 20 laps to go, the break caught the field, and the race for the podium began. Astellas lined the front of the field with Budget Forklift tucked behind. The exhibition of teamwork was exceptional. One to go saw Budget Forklift up front and working like dogs for Bobridge. But the victory in Neenah belonged to 43-year-old Daddy-to-be Adam Myerson. Colombian Mendoza took second. After his victory at Road America, Bobridge stood third on the podium.
Alexander Ray (Silber Racing) stays in the yellow Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board overall leader jersey with Bobride teammate Scott Sunderland sitting just one point back. The determination of the winner of this competition could go all the way to Sunday as Brandon Feehery (Astellas) and Aldo Ino Ilesic (AltoVelo-Seasucker) are in the running, just four and 11 points from Ray. LAPT's Billy Mulligan grabs the Oasman Capital Cat 2 leader jersey from Jose Frank Rodriquez (Stradalli). The Budget Forklift squad still controls the SmartChoice MRI team omnium, 18 points ahead of Astellas.
Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continues Friday with the Café Centraal Bay View Classic, the kick-off to the final three day Lowlands Group GranFinale Sprint Competition within ToAD.
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