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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 $21,000 each year in economic activity. This means the average 250-cow dairy farm contributes more than $5 million each year to our state’s economy.Dairy is the largest segment of Wisconsin Agriculture, employing 146,000 people across 300 different careers.Wisconsin is currently home to 1.27 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 21,693 pounds (or 2,522 gallons). That’s more than 40,300 8-ounce glasses of milk from just one cow – enough for you to drink 110 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 2.8 billion pounds of cheese in 2013; 52.6 million pounds more than 2012. If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank 4th in the world in terms of total cheese production, behind the U.S., Germany and France, 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.
Host a Cyclist!
Local Volunteers needed to host top cyclists from around the world who will be competing in the Tour of America's Dairyland. This unique opportunity offers you the chance to get to know the country's top riders and get a peek behind the scenes of the racing lifestyle. Lifelong friendships are often formed.
We are looking for host homes to house Racers both men and women from around the world who will travel to Wisconsin this summer for ten days of bike racing. Hosting riders in individual homes is a huge factor in recruiting teams. Invite your neighbors too. They can help by providing housing so that entire teams can stay in the same geographical area (ideal situation). Please pass this information on to your friends, family and co-workers.
Host families are asked to provide:
- a comfortable sleeping space, bed or air bed
- the use of a bathroom and shower
- use of kitchen to prepare meals
- counter and refrigerator space
- use of your washer and dryer
- a secure place for the cyclist(s) to store their bicycle at night
Note: You are NOT expected to provide food or transportation.
Will the riders want to be in my home when I'm not there?
No. They are looking for a place to sleep at night. If you're willing to let them use your home during the day, that would be nice, but it isn't required. However, due to the race schedules and some remote locations they will most likely arrive home past 10:00pm. They can let themselves in if you don't want to wait up for them.
Will I have to feed them?
No. Hosts often invite riders for a meal but it is not expected. They will need the use of the kitchen, (they will clean up after themselves). They will need the use of your refrigerator and counter space. Some may ask permission to use your washer and dryer.
Will I have to provide transportation?
Will my home be treated like a hotel?
No. Riders stay in many different homes and they would like to be invited back. They know how to be good guests.
Granted, these are nice people. Do they have any other reason to behave well?
You bet. These are all sponsored riders and teams. They are very aware that they are representing those sponsors and teams for the entire time they are in town not just when they are racing. They want those sponsors and teams to hear good things about them.
Will I have an uncomfortable conversation with the riders when I define the limits of what I'm willing to do?
No. The Host Housing Coordinator is an advocate for both the riders and hosts. You tell us your limits and we will pass it on to the riders. These riders are very flexible and gracious guests.
How will I know if I have been accepted as a host?
We will contact you once you have signed up through the website. You will be notified when host assignments have been made by email and/or by phone. Your guest(s) will also contact you shortly after the assignments have been distributed.
To volunteer, contact:
Host Housing Coordinator