Welcome from a fellow Wisconsinite! I moved here from Minnesota, but it took about 17 years for me to start making cheese. I live in an old cheese factory, so it was kind of a natural progression in my life, I guess. I'm a homesteader, too, so we'll probably have more things in common.
Yeah, I've seen some of those Happy California Cows! In the LA area, at least, they gotta be eating something that had to be legalized, because they were all living in dry lots. Nothing like the ad men put out. You do have cute commercials, though!