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Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest Winners Announced 39879

More than 300 entries were judged.

July 7, 2010

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Dairy manufacturers from throughout the state submitted close to 300 entries for the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, which took place June 25 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The 22 classes were evaluated in such categories as flavor, appearance and texture.

Following the contest, the judges selected the grand champion cheese from amongst the first-place entries.

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The 2010 Grand Master Cheesemaker, along with this year's other winning cheesemakers, will be recognized during the Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction, which features the sale of the blue-ribbon entries, is a fundraising event for the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board. Auction proceeds fund scholarships for students pursuing dairy-related degrees and supports the House of Moo dairy education center, as well as the Wisconsin State Fair Milking Demonstrations.

The top entries in each class include:

Cheddar

  • Terry Lensmire, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Cheddar, 98.75

  • Joe Blatz, Land O'Lakes, Kiel, Cheddar, 98.7

  • Alan Greunke, Maple Grove Cheese, Milladore, Cheddar, 98.65

Colby, Monterey Jack

  • Steve Hobbs, Land O'Lakes, Kiel, Monterey Jack, 98.85

  • Jim McClimans, Meister Cheese Company, Muscoda, Colby Jack Longhorn, 98.8

  • Ryan Sturdevant, Meister Cheese Company, Muscoda, Colby Jack Longhorn, 98.6

Swiss Styles

  • Neal Schwartz, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Baby Swiss, 99.25

  • Silvan Blum, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Baby Swiss, 99.15

  • Jim Klein, Swiss Valley Farms, Platteville, Swiss, 97.8

Brick, Muenster

  • Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Brick, 99.8

  • Matt Henze, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Muenster, 99.6

  • Randy Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Brick, 99.55

Mozzarella

  • Terry Lensmire, Trega Foods, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Mozzarella, Whole Milk, 99.1

  • Roger Krohn, Trega Foods, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella, 98.1

  • Pat Doell, Trega Foods, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Mozzarella, Whole Milk, 98.05

String Cheese

  • Steve Tollers, Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg, String Cheese, 98.85

  • Rob Stellrecht, Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg, String Cheese, 98.35

  • Martin Scanlon, Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg, String Cheese, 98.2

Blue Veined Cheese

  • Nelson Schrock, DCI Cheese Company, Richfield, Smokehaus Blue Cheese, 98.7

  • Bryon Schroeder, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Gorgonzola, 98.2

  • Nelson Schrock, DCI Cheese Company, Richfield, Gorgonzola, 98.0

Feta

  • Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Feta in Brine, 99.25

  • Terry Lensmire, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Feta, 99.15

  • Jim Demeter, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Feta, 98.9

Flavored Pepper Cheese

  • David Meyer, Lynn Dairy, Granton, Monterey Jack With Jalapeno Peppers, 98.65

  • Rob Stellrecht, Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg, Pepper String Cheese, 98.25

  • Tom Ramsden, Meister Cheese Company, Muscoda, Chipotle Monterey Jack, 98.05

Flavored Soft Cheese

  • Shawn Schult, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Garlic & Herbs Gourmet Spread, 99.3

  • Courtney Schreiner, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Sharp Cheddar Soft Spread, 98.6

  • Jim Demeter, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Feta With Peppercorn, 98.55

Flavored Semi Soft Cheese

  • Randy Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Smoked Muenster, 98.65

  • Brandon Olson, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti Dill, 98.4

  • Gary Humboldt, North Hendren Co-op Dairy, Caraway Blue Cheese, 98.25

Flavored Hard Cheese

  • Mike Matucheski, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Rosemary-Olive Oil Rubbed Asiago, 98.3

  • Mike Matucheski, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Basil-Olive Oil Rubbed Asiago, 98.0

  • Brett Krattigor, Maple Leaf Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Maple Harvest Cheddar, 97.85

Smear Ripened Cheese

  • Mike Nelson, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Limburger, 98.95

  • Steve Isley, Emmi-Roth Kase USA, Monroe, Gruyere Surchoix, 98.15

  • Joe Widmer, Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Theresa, Traditional Washed Rind Brick, 98.1

Cold Pack Cheese, Cheese Food

  • Phil Lindemann, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton, Extra Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack, 98.95

  • Harold Patzke, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton, Swiss and Almond Cold Pack, 98.75

  • Phil Lindemann, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton, Extra Sharp Cheddar and Merlot Cold Pack, 98.35

Pasteurized Process Cheese, Cheese Food, Cheese Spread

  • Ken Kreklow, Associated Milk Producers, Portage, Colored American Pasteurized Process, 99.25

  • Dairy Farmers of America, Plymouth, Pasteurized Process American, 98.0

  • Jerry Prahl, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Wee Brie Pasteurized Cheese, 97.9

Reduced Fat or Lite Cheese

  • Dan Osterholz, Lactalis USA, Belmont, Brie Light, 99.2

  • Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Reduced Fat Feta in Brine, 99.1

  • Jim Demeter, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Reduced Fat Feta With Basil & Tomato, 98.75

Open Class - Soft and Spreadable Cheese

  • George Crave, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo, Mascarpone, 98.5

  • Mike Butterbrodt, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Feta Spreadable, 97.95

  • Lenny Bass Jr., Lactalis USA, Belmont, Plain Brie, 97.7

Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese

  • Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Havarti, 99.4

  • Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti, 99.25

  • Marieke Penterman, Holland's Family Cheese, Thorp, Mature Gouda, 99.2

Open Class – Hard Cheese

  • Mike Matucheski, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Natural Rind Parmesan, 99.55

  • Robert Bobak, Emmi-Roth Kase USA, Monroe, GranQueso, 98.65

  • Gary Domke, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Asiago, 98.6

Goat Milk Cheese

  • Pam Hodgson, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Caprimenthe, 99.25

  • Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Cave Aged Cardona, 98.65

  • Al Bekkum, Nordic Creamery, Westby, Mountain Jack, 98.5

Sheep & Mixed Milk Cheese

  • Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Casa Bolo Mellage, 98.9

  • Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Black Sheep Truffle, 98.85

  • Mike Matucheski, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Pastoral Blend, 98.4

Butter

  • Roy Philippi, Graf Creamery, Zachow, Salted Butter, 98.6

  • Mark Wagester, Graf Creamery, Zachow, Unsalted Butter, 98.05

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