May 11 2010 07:39 PM

June 2008 Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast

Hoard's Dairyman Farm events

This young visitor was able to get to know one of our Guernseys visiting the feedbunk. Our cows are fed two times per day (after each milking) and spend a lot of time eating.

Visitors wait in line for breakfast in front of the Hoard's Dairyman Farm milking parlor. Over 2,800 guests were served between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Guernsey heifers were visited by two boys at their feedbunk. The heifers are housed in this shed from the age of 2 months to when they have their first calf.

The breakfast tent was filled all morning by visitors who enjoyed great food and music.

Local dignitaries joined in the fun during the cow milking contest.

Big crowds showed up for breakfast between 6 and 11 a.m. This was the first time the dairy breakfast had been held on a working farm in many years.

The 2007-2008 Alice in Dairyland, Jill Makovec, was on hand to promote the dairy industry.

Many groups were able to take tours through the 586-foot-long freestall barn. The barn has 232 stalls and is where the cows spend about 90 percent of their day.

The new milking parlor, part of the expansion that opened in 2007, features a double-10 herringbone parlor. While this group of people fit in the parlor easily, the new technologies allow for only two people to run the parlor while it is in operation.

Burger Corner, of Jefferson and Fort Atkinson, created this 300-pound banana split. With almost 3,000 guests, it didn't take long for it to disappear.

Families toured the farm on a sunny Saturday.

After eating, many people examined the new facilities and were able
to interact personally with our prized Guernsey stock.