It started with a musical about cheese. Brenda Strack was commuting her son back and forth to rehearsals for the Door County, Wisc., musical, Cheeseheads, in which he was starring. It takes place in a cheese factory.
Strack, who picks up a few milking shifts at a local dairy, realized that the rhythm of the milking machines, cows chewing cud, and other notes on a dairy farm lent itself to a musical. After some thought, she realized there had never been a musical done about dairy farmers, their struggles, and life on a farm. She grew up in rural Wisconsin with her family, but only recently learned the dairy lifestyle.