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Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter Auction raises record $56,760

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RECORD AUCTION: Each blue-ribbon entry from the Wisconsin State Fair Cheese and Butter Contest sold during the auction, which raised a record-breaking $56,760 for student scholarships and dairy promotions at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Team Lake Country Dairy was named the 2017 Grand Master Cheesemaker.

Team Lake Country Dairy, from Schuman Cheese in Turtle Lake, Wis., was named the 2017 Grand Master Cheesemaker during the Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter Auction, held Aug. 10 at the Wisconsin State Fair. They earned the coveted title with Monteau, the first-place entry in the smear ripened cheese class.

Each blue-ribbon entry from the Wisconsin State Fair Cheese and Butter Contest sold during the event, which raised a record-breaking $56,760 for student scholarships and dairy promotions at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Leading off the auction was 20 pounds of Team Lake Country Dairy’s award-winning Monteau, which sold for $1,100 to Chr. Hansen of Milwaukee.

Other auction results include:

Mild Cheddar
Made by: Dan Stearns, Agropur, Weyauwega
Buyer: Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth
Amount: 42 pounds
Price per pound: $60
Total sell price: $2,520

Roth Petite Swiss
Made by: Marc Druart, Emmi Roth, Monroe
Buyer: Wells Fargo, Milwaukee
Amount: 20 pounds
Price per pound: $60
Total sell price: $1,200

Odyssey Peppercorn Feta
Made by: Steve Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Emmi Roth, Monroe
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $100
Total sell price: $1,000

Joan of Arc Wild Berry Vanilla Chevre
Made by: Team Lancaster, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Milwaukee
Buyer: Rock River Laboratory, Watertown
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $80
Total sell price: $800

Big Ed’s Smokehouse Gouda
Made by: Saxon Creamery Team, Saxon Cheese, Cleveland
Buyer: Saputo Specialty Cheese, Milwaukee
Amount: 12 pounds
Price per pound: $215
Total sell price: $2,580

Sartori Reserve Chipotle BellaVitano
Made by: Mike Matucheski, Sartori Co., Antigo
Buyer: Berenz Packaging, Menomonee Falls
Amount: 20 pounds
Price per pound: $70
Total sell price: $1,400

Pasteurized Process American
Made by: Team AMPI, Associated Milk Producers Inc., Portage
Buyer: Nelson-Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $110
Total sell price: $1,100

Dunbarton
Made by: Chris Roelli, Roelli Cheese Co., Shullsburg
Buyer: John Yingling, Mequon
Amount: 11 pounds
Price per pound: $150
Total sell price: $1,650

Dill Havarti
Made by: Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Nelson-Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $120
Total sell price: $1,200

String Cheese
Made by: Dan Schwind, Baker Cheese Factory, St. Cloud
Buyer: Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $230
Total sell price: $2,300

Caraway Brick
Made by: John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena
Buyer: Cheese Market News, Madison
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $75
Total sell price: $750

Black River Blue Cheese
Made by: Team Fond du Lac, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Milwaukee
Buyer: Alpma USA, Milwaukee
Amount: 12 pounds
Price per pound: $80
Total sell price: $960

Odyssey Reduced Fat Feta
Made by: Steve Webster, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe
Buyer: Chr. Hansen, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $50
Total sell price: $500

Brick
Made by: Matt Henze, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead
Buyer: Kelley Supply, Colby
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $120
Total sell price: $1,200

Mascarpone
Made by: Crave Cheese Team, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo
Buyer: Wells Fargo, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $140
Total sell price: $1,400

Monterey Jack
Made by: Andy Follen, Lynn Dairy Granton
Buyer: DSM Food Specialties, Waukesha
Amount: 40 pounds
Price per pound: $30
Total sell price: $1,200

Aged Goat Cheese
Made by: Katie Fuhrmann and Team LaClare, LaClare Farms, Malone
Buyer: Dairy Products Marketing, Fond du Lac
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $290
Total sell price: $2,900

Low Moisture Mozzarella, Whole Milk
Made by: Roger Krohn, Agropur, Luxemburg
Buyer: Ebert Enterprises LLC, Algoma
Amount: 13 pounds
Price per pound: $100
Total sell price: $1,300

Chihuahua Loaf
Made by: Jace Johnsrud, Chula Vista Cheese, Browntown
Buyer: Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $220
Total sell price: $2,200

Marieke Belegen Gouda
Made by: Marieke Penterman, Marieke Gouda, Thorp
Buyer: Ivarson, Milwaukee
Amount: 20 pounds
Price per pound: $130
Total sell price: $2,600

Aged Cheddar
Made by: Jacque Vey, Land O’Lakes, Kiel
Buyer: Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth
Amount: 40 pounds
Price per pound: $165
Total sell price: $6,600

Swiss and Almond Cold Pack
Made by: Team Pine River, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton
Buyer: Saputo Specialty Cheese, Milwaukee
Amount: 11 pounds
Price per pound: $210
Total sell price: $2,310

Feta
Made by: Nathan Forseth, Agropur, Weyauwega
Buyer: DSM Food Specialties, Waukesha
Amount: 18 pounds
Price per pound: $105
Total sell price: $1,890

Roth Sriracha Gouda
Made by: Marc Druart, Emmi Roth, Monroe
Buyer: Wisconsin State Fair Park Board, West Allis
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $350
Total sell price: $3,500

Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend
Made by: Mike Matucheski, Sartori Co., Antigo
Buyer: West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe, West Allis
Amount: 20 pounds
Price per pound: $260
Total sell price: $5,200

Havarti
Made by: Decatur Dairy Cheesemakers, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead
Buyer: Nelson-Jameson, Marshfield
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $320
Total sell price: $3,200

Salted Butter
Made by: Foremost Farms Third Shift, Foremost Farms USA, Reedsburg
Buyer: Ivarson, Milwaukee
Amount: 10 pounds
Price per pound: $220
Total sell price: $2,200

Source: Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board

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