Kick Off Summer in Wisconsin at a Farm Breakfast!

For more than 45 years, Wisconsinites have attended iconic farm breakfasts. A quintessential part of the June Dairy Month festivities, farm breakfasts encourage residents to celebrate America’s Dairyland by enjoying delicious, home-cooked food with neighbors and friends. Farm breakfasts are family-friendly, educational events that offer attendees various opportunities to enjoy fresh Wisconsin-made dairy products while learning more about farm animals, dairy farms and the hardworking families that keep them running.

The first official farm breakfast was hosted in 1970 by a local Jefferson County 4-H Club. With 155 attendees, it was a hit. The tradition has grown substantially over the years, and now tens of thousands of residents attend more than 70 Wisconsin farm breakfasts each year.

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What To Expect at a Wisconsin Farm Breakfast

What To Expect at a Wisconsin Farm Breakfast

Entertainment for Kids and Families

While exact entertainment options vary by farm, they frequently include farm tours, wagon rides, face painting and games for kids. There are also opportunities to touch tractors, fire trucks and even farm animals! Larger events may include live musical entertainment and more. Either way, there are fun activities for the whole family.

A Fantastic Home-Cooked Meal

Each farm breakfast has a unique menu, but at most events you can expect to enjoy sizzling scrambled eggs, golden hash browns, world-renowned Wisconsin cheese and, of course, ice cold milk and chocolate milk.

Incredible Wisconsin Dairy Products

Wisconsin’s incredible dairy products have made us famous, and there’s no better place to enjoy them than at a real dairy farm. You can expect to find milk, cream, many varieties of cheese (usually including fresh cheese curds!) and yogurt. Some farm breakfasts even have ice cream!

What You Can See When You Visit a Wisconsin Dairy Farm

What You Can See When You Visit a Wisconsin Dairy Farm

Cow Comfort

Wisconsin’s dairy cows live in temperature-controlled settings with comfortable bedding and plenty of time for rest and socialization. When you visit a farm, you might notice that the farmer is using sand bedding. Not only does sand offer uniform body support, it’s also cool in the summer and offers comfortable, confident footing.

Perhaps one of the most nurturing environments you’ll see on a dairy farm is the calf barn. Calves are treated with special care in pens and nurseries to ensure they are comfortable, safe and healthy.

Feed

Did you know that cows have nutritionists? These cow dietitians precisely formulate rations (recipes) that best fit a cow’s age, breed, milking stage and pregnancy status. Many modern dairy farmers follow a recipe commonly referred to as a total mixed ration. This recipe combines all of the important ingredients cows need to be healthy, including hay, corn, soybeans, fat, vitamins and minerals.

Milking

Parlors, in particular, Rotary Milking Parlors, not only increase efficiency, they also help cows spend less of their time milking. It takes just 31 minutes for 450 cows to leave their pen, be milked and return. Some modern dairy farms even use robotic milking technologies, allowing the cow to decide when she wants to be milked.

Barn Designs

While there are still plenty of red barns in Wisconsin’s countryside, you’ll also see many new free-stall barns. These innovative barns provide shelter, maintain a comfortable temperature and can even manage humidity to keep cows happy and healthy. In these barns, cows enjoy a pleasant temperature year-round, with the freedom to move, eat, drink and rest whenever they choose.

Tractors

Many farmers today use GPS-enabled tractors to make optimal use of every inch of their fields. Some tractors have hands-free driving technologies that allow computers to take over certain controls. This technology comes in especially handy for farmers with large fields, since the computers can control navigation using satellites or even lasers!

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