Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Mooving back to #1


has been advertising that it has happy cows. If California’s cows are happy, Wisconsin’s herd must be ecstatic.

The Stevens Point Journal reports the pattern of Wisconsin’s cheese growth continues upward. According to the USDA, Wisconsin’s cheese production outpaces California’s by 0.43 billion pounds.

At one time, California threatened Wisconsin’s proud and long-held reputation as America’s Dairyland. Bob Cropp, UW-Madison professor emeritus says the pendulum has shifted back to Wisconsin.

Cropp believes several factors contribute to Wisconsin’s superior agricultural growth to California. Our weather is best suited to cows, we enjoy diversified dairy systems, strong agribusinesses support the growth of dairy, high competition results in higher and quality production, and the state legislature has been quite supportive of the industry.

Agri-View reports Cropp believes another plus is “the majority of Wisconsin’s milk, as producers well know, goes for cheese. That’s a market growth area in itself, not to mention close to 20 percent of Wisconsin’s cheese is now ‘specialty cheeses’ (some 600 varieties). Wisconsin also turns out wheat proteins for domestic and international markets n another growth area within the dairy industry.”

Wisconsin’s consistent dairy excellence is critical. As Ken Heiman, general manager of Nasonville Dairy Inc. told the Stevens Point Journal, "We need to be No. 1. It's the business of the state. Without agriculture, I don't know where we could draw our strength from."

Here’s to keeping our cows deliriously happy.

Read more in the Stevens Point Journal 
and Agri-View.

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