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Show me the cows!

Postby Huckleby » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:12 pm

I started thinking about Wisconsin, the dairy state, from another thread. I grew up in northern half of state, and it is very different up der. As you might know, the glaciers went half way through Wisconsin, leaving the terrain very different between north and south. Maybe a smart person can explain it better.

The rich farm land is in the south. I see cows around here, but not so much throughout the whole state. How can we possibly be producing more dairy than giant states like New York or California?

Where are all the alleged giant herds of cows? Something stinks here. Could that milk really be coming from deer, or dogs, or chickens?

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Roy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:20 pm

It appears that Wisconsin is #2

  • California
  • Wisconsin
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Idaho

I am surprised to see Idaho on the list.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Stebben84 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:28 pm

Huckleby wrote:How can we possibly be producing more dairy than giant states like New York or California?


We have a lot of farms in Wisconsin if you haven't noticed. Get off the highway and pretty much everywhere you go outside of a city is a farm.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby fennel » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:25 pm

I've always wondered the same thing. I lived in Vermont and there were cows everywhere. Six years plus in Wisconsin, and I've seen, maybe, 30. (But I'm sure I've seen at least a hundred cow statues in urban areas.)

Ah Vermont.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Stebben84 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:29 pm

fennel wrote:I've always wondered the same thing. I lived in Vermont and there were cows everywhere. Six years plus in Wisconsin, and I've seen, maybe, 30. (But I'm sure I've seen at least a hundred cow statues in urban areas.)

Ah Vermont.


Seriously? Do you guys drive around the countryside?

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:24 pm

If you want to see giant herds of cows, fly into Ontario airport in So. Cal. Cows packed into dusty fields. Depressing.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Mean Scenester » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:09 pm

Ned Flanders wrote:If you want to see giant herds of cows, fly into Ontario airport in So. Cal. Cows packed into dusty fields. Depressing.

I guess now we know why Ned's such a militant animal rights activist.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Huckleby » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:27 pm

Stebben84 wrote:We have a lot of farms in Wisconsin if you haven't noticed. Get off the highway and pretty much everywhere you go outside of a city is a farm.


Ya, but I was wondering about the size of our state.

The facts are a little different from my perception. I knew the north had few dairy farms, but I would not have predicted that giant cluster around Eau Claire.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby O.J. » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:35 pm

Huckleby wrote:The rich farm land is in the south. I see cows around here, but not so much throughout the whole state. How can we possibly be producing more dairy than giant states like New York or California?


Umm...because Wisconsin is bigger than New York?

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby thebookpolice » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:37 pm

Actually, Huck, Wisconsin is bigger in square miles than New Yzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

(Sorry, OJ, fell asleep on the Z key.)

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Huckleby » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:05 pm

O.J. wrote: Umm...because Wisconsin is bigger than New York?


I always thought of upstate NY as large, but I see you are right.

I thought dairy farming was confined to half of WI or less, that was why I was wondering.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Stebben84 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:16 pm

What's up with that empty section in the middle of that map. Seems kind of weird to have a cow dead zone.

Yes, we're talking about cows, but I'm getting a bit tired of the political stuff.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby Huckleby » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:26 pm

Stebben84 wrote:What's up with that empty section in the middle of that map. Seems kind of weird to have a cow dead zone.


It's also a triangle shape.

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Re: Show me the cows!

Postby jman111 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:30 pm

Not sure, but I'd guess it's the sandy soil there that's the problem. That's tater country!
http://wisconsingeologicalsurvey.org/pdfs/pgszpdf/soil_regions.pdf


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