MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The low-fat Dutch Gouda that won a world cheese championship in Madison last month has been auctioned off for $350 per pound.
The 24-pound wheel of Vermeer brought in $8,400. It was one of 61 cheeses auctioned off Wednesday, for a total haul of more than $140,000.
The private auction was conducted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Spokesman John Umhoefer said Thursday the money goes toward helping cheesemakers improve their skills, as well as toward providing scholarships for the next generation of cheese producers.
The 61 cheeses were gold-medal winners in their classes at the World Championship Cheese Contest.
The cheese that took top honors was made by Friesland Campina, a company based in Wolvega, Netherlands. The winners were scheduled to receive their award at a ceremony Thursday.
- Plans on hold for proposed cell towers in La Crosse
- Minnesota Gov. Dayton collapses during speech
- Gov. Walker proposes welfare changes
- Wisconsin Democrats defend abortion access with resolution
- La Crosse's Satori Arts to be featured on 'American Pickers'
- Holmen Fire Department focuses fire safety education on different age groups
- WinCraft gets to work making Super Bowl merchandise
- ‘School Choice Week' showcases local schools for parents
- Bill Feehan remains La Crosse Republican Party Chairman
- Wisconsin Republicans criticize Baldwin for fundraiser