The Kewaunee County Dairy Promotion Committee hosted its annual June Dairy Month Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday, serving eggs, sausage, bacon and (of course) milk and cheese to an audience of about 200 people at The Rendezvous south of Luxemburg.
The event also serves as the lead-in to the 36th annual Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm, which is expected to draw about 4,500 people June 17 to the Junion Homestead Farm, E1939 County Road K, Casco.
The farm owned by Tony and Peggy Knorn and their family is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and will be honored as a Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Farm on Aug. 7 during the State Fair.
The Knorns hosted the breakfast once before in 1998 and signed up as this year’s host five years ago to ensure it would coincide with the farm’s anniversary, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Aerica Bjurstrom said in introducing the family, which is currently in its fifth, sixth and seventh generation.
The couple purchased the farm from her parents in 1993 with 29 cows and now milk 225 cows – “and they still name every cow,” Pagel said.
The first expansion came in 2007 when, instead of building a typical free-stall barn they erected the first of two compost bedded pack barns for greater cow comfort and manure management.
“Junion Homestead is so well known for their superior management of these barns that they have hosted dairy tours from all over the country and also international countries including Russia, Sweden, Germany, the Ukraine and Japan,” she said.
It’s a family operation in the truest sense, with the Knorns and their four daughters – Amanda and husband Jesse, Megan and husband Kyle, Amber and Mykala – all playing a role in management of the farm.
In addition to “the biggest omelet you have ever seen,” breakfast will be served 8 a.m. to noon Father’s Day featuring farm tours, a petting zoo, entertainment and games, an antique tractor show and horse-drawn wagon rides. A nondenominational service will open the day at 7 a.m.