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Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm is June 30th

Issue Date: June 27, 2019

You haven't experienced June in Wisconsin until you've had breakfast on a farm with the cows!! The 2019 Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm is Sunday, June 30 at the Van De Walle Farm at W5467 Red School Rd., Peshtigo, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Attendees will enjoy a delicious breakfast, take a farm tour, all while the kids take part in the children's activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy on the farm.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausages, cheese curds, maple syrup, applesauce, milk, juice, coffee and ice cream sundaes.

For kids there will be a petting zoo, Moo-mania Comedy Show, kiddie tractor pull, face painting, balloons, kids bouncy play area, viewing of barns and cattle, wagon rides, music and more.

Adults are $7, children ages 6-10 are $4, and those under 5 are free. Many businesses help donate to the event to help offset the costs.

In the spring of 1985 Dan and Sue Van De Walle, along with their young sons came to the England Century Farm to work for Bob and Peggy England. Dan and Sue worked with the 45-cow milking herd for 6 years before taking over the operation in July of 1991. With the change in ownership came a change in name, the farm was now known as Dan-Sue Dairy. Together with their sons they worked to grow the farm. The addition of a machine shed in 1996 and feed bunkers in 2000 were the first steps in creating an efficient and effective farming operation.

In 2002, upon graduation from high school, their son, Eric joined his parents in running the farm. Upon Eric's increased involvement in the operation of the farm the work was done to set the farm up for the future with some changes in facilities and to make things easier for the day to day operations. A free stall barn was built in 2004 to house the 70 head of milking cattle as well as dry cows. In 2006, Dan-Sue Dairy graciously hosted a Breakfast on the Farm and showcased their dedication to caring for the 200 head of cattle, farming 400 acres and producing high quality milk as well as being involved in the community.

In 2008, the farm changed from the stanchion barn to milk the cows to the current double 6 parallel parlor. This eased the physical labor on Dan, Sue and Eric and created more comfort for the cows. They also added the manure pit at that time which aids in the manure management plans and their commitment to being good stewards of the land.

Since 2008 there have been further facility additions for young stock particularly the youngest animals. In 2015 two additional feed bunkers were added along with a collection system to capture the drainage from the feed center. As the herd continued to grow Dan-Sue dairy built a transition barn for the calves and added additional stalls and pens to the free stall barn.

The family on the farm grew in 2013 with the addition of Eric's wife, Jamie and daughter Riley. Together with Dan and Sue they are working to maintain the family legacy of dairy farming by maintaining the original standards of exceptional animal care, good stewardship of the land and looking for opportunities to be efficient, progressive and positive, Dan-Sue Dairy's success is found in the dedication to family and without them they would not be they are today.

Proceeds from the event are reinvested into agricultural related promotions in Marinette County throughout the year. Over 100 volunteers are needed to feed the over 4,500 people in less than five hours. The breakfast prides itself in little to no wait in the food lines at the breakfast.

Last year over 4,500 people attended. Served were 240 gallons of ice cream, 84 gallons milk and 1000 white milk chugs, 480 cartons of orange juice, 1500 pounds of eggs, 60 pounds of shredded cheese, 4900 butter pats, 52 pounds of butter, 3000 individually wrapped cheese sticks, 400 pounds of cheese curds, 500 pounds of pancake batter mix, and 20 gallons of maple syrup.

The breakfast planning committee includes Corey Kuchta, Ann Van De Walle, Chris Van De Walle, Sue Van De Walle, Troy Van De Walle, Jerry and Tricia Zeitler, Jim and Carla Bushmaker, Jeff Fischer, Cindi Wautier, Dave Bushmaker, Kay Walker, Dave Polzin Jake and Molly Anderson, Sheila Denowski and Scott Reuss.


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