Farm Horizons, June 2014

Wright Co. Breakfast on the Farm set for Saturday, June 21

By Starrla Cray

If you’ve never been to Wright County’s Breakfast on the Farm, this year might be a good time to try it.

The 2014 event, which is being hosted by Krause Holsteins near Buffalo, is expected to be bigger than ever. It’s set for Saturday, June 21 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include educational booths, food samples, giveaways, big machinery, a large fake cow that can be “milked,” a visit from Victor the Viking, and more.

Attendees are asked to park at Buffalo Community Middle School (1300 Hwy. 25 N). From there, 10 buses will shuttle people to the farm and back.

Krause Holsteins, which is located at 451 Co. Rd. 8 NW in Buffalo, is operated by Charles Krause, his wife, Robyn, and their children, Andrew and Morgan.

Charles’ parents, Warren and Carol, originally purchased the 600-acre property more than 50 years ago, and they continue to help run the 210-Holstein farm.

Charles and Robyn’s children are both interested in agriculture, and Andrew hopes to take over the family farm someday. Currently, he is studying animal science at the University of Minnesota.

Morgan, who will be a senior at Buffalo High School this fall, serves as a Wright County Dairy Ambassador and is the FFA State Region 4 president.

In 2013, the Krause family was selected as the Minnesota Milk Producers of the Year, and was featured in a five-minute film that can be seen on YouTube (type in “Krause Holsteins”).

The video includes footage of the Krause’s new free-stall barn, which has LED lighting, 32 temperature-controlled fans, and an innovative manure-handling system.

The barn is just one attraction visitors will be able to check out during Breakfast on the Farm. A few others include:

• Pancakes: A $5 all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to noon (children ages 5 and under are free).

• Petting Zoo: Get up close and personal with chicks, calves, lambs, pigs, horse, and more.

• Photo Stop: Take a picture with a calf.

• Machinery Row: View and explore all of the modern machinery used on a dairy farm.

• Riding Tour of the Farm: Take a ride around the field in a wagon pulled by a tractor.

• Dairy Food Tent: Taste free samples of cheese, ice cream, and milk.

• Sand City: Play in a large pile of sand.

• Education Stations: Visit with a veterinarian, and learn how cows are kept healthy.

• Milking Parlor: Walk through a milking parlor and watch a video of cows being milked.

• How to Breed a Cow: Learn how cows are bred to utilize the best genetics available.

• What’s for Dinner: See, smell, and feel the different feeds cows eat.

• Farming for the Future: See how dairy farmers are sustainable on a daily basis.

An estimated 3,000 people will attend this year’s Breakfast on the Farm.

“We’ve given a lot of tours, but not on this scale,” Charles said. “We’ve had a lot of international visitors. Just in the last five years, we’ve had people from Russia, China, Great Britain, and South Africa.”

To learn more about Wright County’s Breakfast on the Farm, go to www.breakfastonthefarm.org.

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