A few years ago, California’s dairy farmers taunted Wisconsin with predictions that not only would their (allegedly) happy cows produce more milk, but they would also produce more cheese than the dairy state within a matter of months.
With that warning, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and state dairy farmers rallied and responded in chorus, “no way!”
The race was on, but only briefly. Wisconsin cheese production pulled ahead and has stayed there, a happy conclusion to the brief skirmish. The confrontation focused a golden spotlight on the abundance of award-winning small-batch cheeses crafted at many of the 129 plants throughout the state.
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This article originally appeared in the 2011 fall/winter issue of experience WISCONSIN.