Wisconsin makes many varieties of cheese from the cows that live in the state. The state of Wisconsin was the top producer of all milk products at one time. Now there is competition with the state of California but Wisconsin is still the top producer of cheese in the United States.
June is dairy month and in Wisconsin it means there are festivals and celebrations to attend where there will be plenty of milk and cheese served. Many small communities have celebrations in the month of June in Wisconsin to help remind people that dairy is still strong in the state. Maybe it is something in the soil that makes Wisconsin cows produce good cheese.
Wisconsin farms produce milk from all over the state that is made into many different types of cheese. The state produces about 600 different varieties of cheese that is shipped around the world.
Most of the cow’s milk that is produced in Wisconsin is made into cheese. In fact over 90 percent of the milk from Wisconsin is made into cheese.
The state of California produces more milk then Wisconsin yet Wisconsin produces more cheese then California. Wisconsin produces about 400 more million pounds of cheese then California does every year. That is a lot of cheese to be made every year in the state of Wisconsin.
The United States makes about 25 percent of the cheese in the world and Wisconsin makes about 25 percent of that. Wisconsin sends cheese to many different parts of the world.
The quality of cheese made in Wisconsin is great and they make about 600 different kinds of cheese. Wisconsin was the first state that graded it’s cheese for quality. In the 2012 World Championship Cheese Contest Wisconsin took home 30 gold medals. California makes about 250 varieties of cheese and they only took home 3 gold medals from the 2012 World Cheese Championship.
Wisconsin still has many family farms that produce the milk in the state. Over 86 percent of the dairy farms in Wisconsin are individual or family farms. Perhaps there is a future for small family dairy farms here in the state of Wisconsin.
California may produce more milk than Wisconsin does but it does not make more cheese. The cheese in Wisconsin is world known to be great cheese. You can taste test cheese made in Wisconsin in many places around the state. Cheese seems to be what made Wisconsin famous. If you would like to read more about Wisconsin cheese and milk production you can go to http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/wisconsin/history_of_wisconsin_cheese.aspx