By Kristen Miller
In honor of June as Dairy Month, the West Central Christian Seniors invited George and Kay Bakeberg of Waverly to share their “Diary of a Dairy” during the June 17 luncheon.
To start the program, Kay tested the audience’s knowledge of the milk industry.
One of the questions she asked was, “How many cups of milk is needed to make one pound of butter?” The answer: 39 cups.
Another question which alarmed the crowd was, “How much water does a cow drink in a day?” The answer: 25 to 30 gallons.
The Bakebergs currently live on an 800-acre southwest of Waverly, where George has lived all his life.
Each day, they milk 88 cows twice a day.
Together they raised four children who were very helpful on the farm growing up and still are to this day, according to Kay.
Sons Ryan and Tony still farm with their parents, but, when needed, the daughters are only a phone call away, Kay said.
George’s brother, Greg, currently lives and farms on the homestead in which their father, Karl, grew up and is now a century farm.
To compare today to yesteryear, Kay said that in 1969, the price of gas was 20 to 25 cents and the price of milk per 100 weight (what a farmer would receive) was $4.60.
Now, the Bakebergs average $18.50 per 100 weight.
Even though the price has a dropped a bit from last year, it’s still better than in 2003 in which the average price was $10.35, she said.
George has served on the Minnesota Milk Producers Association board where he was president for five years.
During his service, George and Kay had the opportunity to attend the China Mission Trip with Governor Tim Pawlenty, where they toured a dairy farm together.
A proud moment for the family was when their daughter Angie became one of the finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way and took home an 85 pound butter head.
In 2003, both Greg and George’s family were recognized as the Wright County Farm Family of the Year.
George is currently on the Bongards Creamery Board, where the Bakebergs ship their milk to.
Kay ended the program saying “A dairy farm is good place to raise a family.”