Weather is looking outstanding for Saturday’s 39th Annual Dane County Breakfast on the Farm – and Madison area visitors won’t have to travel far!
Blue Star Dairy, the Meinholz families, of rural Middleton are hosting the big event. Jen Kuhn, Dane County Dairy Promotions volunteer, says thanks in part to location and a beautiful weather forecast, they’re preparing for near record attendance! “We’re hoping for somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,000 guests,” Kuhn estimated.
Blue Star Dairy is a 600 cow, family owned and operated dairy that was started in 1946 with just one barn, six sons and a dream. Today the Meinholz families have 3 separate farming operations, totaling 2700 cows, around southern Wisconsin. Blue Star is the smallest of the three with the 600 cows, but they employ 11 family members and 50 additional employees with various jobs. Blue Star raises all of their young stock as well as calves for future production.
Some of the elements of education people will see on Saturday include a robotic dairy that will be on display. (Currently there are no robots being used at Blue Star) There will also be more information and explanation on county manure digesters that are around Dane County. Blue Star is connected to one of those community digesters.
Lori Meinholz and Jen Kuhn spent some time in studio with Pam Jahnke talking about the farm and the event – and why you’ll want to be there! For more details go to the Dane County Dairy Promotion website.