County ag agent reports on county dairy breakfast
June is dairy month in Wisconsin and a tradition that has grown in popularity is the June Dairy Breakfast. This is an excellent opportunity for people to get a firsthand look at a local dairy operation and at the same time enjoy a hearty breakfast for a small donation.
The Waushara County Dairy Breakfast this year is being held from 7:30 to noon on June 28 at Flyte’s Fieldstones located at W10770 State Hwy 21, Coloma.
Flyte’s Fieldstones, a division of Flyte Family Farms LLC, began in 2013 when Adam and Carrie purchased the Harlan Buetler Century Farm near Richford. This farm is part of 3,000 acres that are operated both conventionally and organically throughout the Coloma area. A broad variety of crops are produced including hydroponic tom-atoes, livestock, strawberries, dry edible beans, potatoes and blueberries.
The actual number of farmers today is less than two percent of the population and as a result the American population is becoming further and further removed from farming. We are moving past the era in which nearly everyone had parents or grandparents with a farm connection into an era where that connection is being lost.
Waushara County has around 5,000 cows that produce 109 million pounds of milk per year. Direct sales of milk account for around $23 million of income into the county economy each year. In addition there is an added value of another $18 million of income in the county for workers in other agriculture related businesses.