Wisconsin is known for its production of cheese and other dairy products. Called America’s Dairyland, the state is home to approximately 10,000 dairy farms. About 1.27 million cows in Wisconsin produce more than 21,000 pounds of milk each year, representing 15 percent of the nation's total production.
Wisconsin boasts more trained and licensed cheesemakers than any other state. Craftsmen produce over 2.8 billion pounds of cheese each year in many varieties, roughly 25 percent of America's total production. Licensing requires craftsmen to complete challenging studies in dairy science and the cheesemaking trade. They may serve as apprentices under licensed cheesemakers. Wisconsin is the only state that offers a master cheesemaker program with rigorous standards rivaling European programs.