Dairy Fun Facts


Increase your Wisconsin Dairy IQ with these fun facts: 


It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream and 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.


Wisconsin cheese makers produce more than 2.6 billion pounds of cheese each year. If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank 4th in the world in terms of total cheese production, behind the United States, Germany and France, and just ahead of Italy.


Wisconsin produces more than 650 different varieties, types and styles of award-winning cheese.


The average American eats nearly 33 pounds of cheese each year – twice as much as in 1975.


Average milk production per Wisconsin cow each year is 20,625 pounds (or 2,398 gallons). That’s enough for 38,372 eight ounce glasses of milk from just one cow.


According to the NPD Group’s National Eating Trends In-Home Database, the top five ice cream flavors are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip and butter pecan.


The first ice cream sundae was served in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1881. George Hallauer, a customer at Edward C. Berner’s soda fountain in Two Rivers asked Edward to top off his dish of ice cream with the chocolate sauce used for chocolate sodas. The new concoction caught on and was originally offered only on Sundays.