Last week, we hosted a farm tour that included some cheese exporters. One visitor was a broker selling Sartori cheese to Japan. Since Majestic Crossing Dairy is one of Sartori’s local milk suppliers, we enjoy the chance to show our farm to people who want to understand how cheese is made, from farm to table.
Sartori has been making cheese since 1939, and they were the first U.S. cheesemaker to export cheese to Europe and Japan in 1970. Since then, the international market for Wisconsin cheese has really grown – about 15% of Wisconsin’s cheese is now exported. That means our reputation is global.
When visitors from other countries visit Majestic Crossing Dairy, it’s a learning opportunity for everybody. Communication is key – sometimes there is a language barrier, and we work hard to show and tell our visitors how we take care of our animals and ensure the quality of our milk. Visitors often comment on how much bigger our operations are here in the U.S., and that’s a chance for us to explain that no matter the size of a dairy, quality is important. People are impressed to learn about how comfortable our cows are, how we care for their health, and how we grow our own feed on the land.
The world is getting smaller, and we’re glad to have the chance to teach and learn from people from other cultures when they come to find out how Wisconsin cheese is made.