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Team Lake Country Dairy Named 2018 Grand Master Cheesemaker

Tuesday, August 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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From Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotional Board


Team Lake Country Dairy, from Lake Country Dairy-Schuman Cheese in Turtle Lake, was named the 2018 Grand Master Cheesemaker during the Blue Ribbon Dairy Products Auction, held August 9 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. They earned the coveted title – for the second year in a row – with Altu, the first place entry in the Smear Ripened Cheese Class.

Each blue-ribbon entry from the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest sold during the event, which raised $42,730 for student scholarships and dairy promotions at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Leading off the auction was 22 pounds of Team Lake Country Dairy’s award-winning Altu, which sold for $3,190 to DR Tech of Grantsburg.

Other auction results include:

Mild Cheddar
Made by: Timothy Stearns, Agropur, Weyauwega
Buyer: DSM Food Specialties, Waukesha
Amount: 42 lbs.
Price per pound: $120
Total sell price: $5,040

Baby Swiss Wheel
Made by: Shullsburg Team, Prairie Farms, Shullsburg
Buyer: Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation, West Allis
Amount: 12 lbs.
Price per pound: $90
Total sell price: $1,080

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

Made by: George Crave, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo
Buyer: Cheese Market News, Madison
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $115
Total sell price: $1,150

Cranberry/Cinnamon Goat Cheese
Made by: Doug Waechter, Saputo/Montchevre, Belmont
Buyer: Dairy Connection, Madison
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $60
Total sell price: $600

Smoked Aged Gouda
Made by: Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Maple Leaf Cheese, Monroe
Buyer: Nelson Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 12 lbs.
Price per pound: $95
Total sell price: $1,140


Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
Made by: Mike Matucheski, Sartori Cheese, Antigo
Buyer: Wells Fargo, Milwaukee
Amount: 20 lbs.
Price per pound: $120
Total sell price: $2,400

American Swiss Slices
Made by: Team AMPI, Associated Milk Producers Inc., Portage
Buyer: Dairy Products Marketing, Fond du Lac
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $170
Total sell price: $1,700

Traditional Romano
Made by: Team Lake Country Dairy, Lake Country Dairy-Schuman Cheese, Turtle Lake
Buyer: Chr. Hansen, Milwaukee
Amount: 18 lbs.
Price per pound: $70
Total sell price: $1,260

Dill Havarti
Made by: Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Nelson Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $75
Total sell price: $750

Hand-Stretched String Cheese
Made by: Cesar Luis, Cesar’s Cheese, Random Lake
Buyer: WE Energies, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $125
Total sell price: $1,250

Natural Flavor Provolone
Made by: Team Clayton, Foremost Farms USA, Clayton
Buyer: Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $110
Total sell price: $1,100

Gorgonzola
Made by: Team Seymour, Great Lakes Cheese, Seymour
Buyer: Novak’s Cheese, De Pere
Amount: 14 lbs.
Price per pound: $60
Total sell price: $840

Mascarpone
Made by: Team Lake Country Dairy, Lake Country Dairy-Schuman Cheese, Turtle Lake
Buyer: DR Tech, Grantsburg
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $60
Total sell price: $600

Colby Jack Longhorn
Made by: Bill Stocker, Shullsburg Creamery, Shullsburg
Buyer: Wisconsin Aging & Grading Cheese, Kaukauna
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $100
Total sell price: $1,000

Aged Cheddar
Made by: Luke Kopecky, Land O’Lakes, Kiel
Buyer: Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth
Amount: 40 lbs.
Price per pound: $100
Total sell price: $4,000

Brick
Made by: John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena
Buyer: Nelson Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $65
Total sell price: $650

Extra-Aged Goat Cheese
Made by: Pam Hodgson, Sartori Cheese, Plymouth
Buyer: Dairy Products Marketing, Fond du Lac
Amount: 20 lbs.
Price per pound: $60
Total sell price: $1,200

Mozzarella Whips
Made by: Ben Shibler, Ron’s Cheese, Luxemburg
Buyer: Wisconsin Aging & Grading Cheese, Kaukauna
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $65
Total sell price: $650

Chihuahua Cheese
Made by: Andy Rufener, Chula Vista Cheese/V & V Supremo, Browntown
Buyer: Nelson Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $40
Total sell price: $400

Gouda
Made by: Gary Grossen, Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, Madison
Buyer: Berenz Packing, Menomonee Falls
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $130
Total sell price: $1,300

Havarti
Made by: Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Berenz Packing, Menomonee Falls
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $100
Total sell price: $1,000

Little Boy Blue
Made by: Team Hook, Hook’s Cheese Company, Mineral Point
Buyer: Dairy Connection, Madison
Amount: 12 lbs.
Price per pound: $40
Total sell price: $480

Feta in Brine
Made by: Steve Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Nelson Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $100
Total sell price: $1,000

Swiss & Almond Cold Pack
Made by: Team Pine River, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton
Buyer: Saputo Specialty Cheese, Milwaukee
Amount: 12 lbs.
Price per pound: $150
Total sell price: $1,800

Chili Pepper Muenster
Made by: John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena
Buyer: Bunzel’s Meat Market, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $75
Total sell price: $750

Reduced Fat Provolone
Made by: Team Clayton, Foremost Farms USA, Clayton
Buyer: Nelson Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $80
Total sell price: $800

Grand Champion Butter – Salted Butter
Made by: Dan Stolte, Foremost Farms USA, Reedsburg
Buyer: Saz’s, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $55
Total sell price: $550

Amish Style Hand-Rolled Butter
Made by: Roy Philippi, Graf Creamery, Bonduel
Buyer: Rock River Laboratory, Watertown
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $105
Total sell price: $1,050

Grand Champion Sour Cream – Reduced Fat Greek French Onion Dip
Made by: Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Wells Fargo, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $45
Total sell price: $450

French Onion Dip
Made by: Westby Co-op Creamery Team, Westby Co-op Creamery, Westby
Buyer: Nelson Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $45
Total sell price: $450

La Chona Crema Natural
Made by: Michael Godfrey, Mexican Cheese Producers, Darlington
Buyer: Chr. Hansen, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $20
Total sell price: $200

Grand Champion Yogurt – Rhubarb Swiss Yogurt
Made by: Yodelay Yogurt, Madison
Buyer: Ivarson, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $50
Total sell price: $500

Pomegranate Acai Yogurt
Made by: Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Ivarson, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $45
Total sell price: $450

Greek Yogurt
Made by: Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Ivarson, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $45
Total sell price: $450

Plain Goat Milk Yogurt
Made by: George Roehrig/Team LaClare, LaClare Family Creamery, Malone
Buyer: Novak’s Cheese, De Pere
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $25
Total sell price: $250

Raspberry Flavored Kefir
Made by: Nasonville Dairy, Marshfield
Buyer: Wells Fargo, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 lbs.
Price per pound: $125
Total sell price: $1,250

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