Four-generation family dairy hosts Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm on Father’s Day
CASCO – Four generations and almost 70 years of family dairy farming will be highlighted Sunday when Kinnard Highland Farm hosts the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm.
The annual event is more than just a chance to chow down at a Sunday brunch that includes "biggest omelet you have ever seen," cheeses (regular and deep-fried), strawberry sundaes, yogurt and more.
That's because the breakfast also gives its expected 4,500 to 5,000 guests an opportunity to tour the host farm and learn more about their operation and dairy farming in general. Games, activities and wagon rides also are part of the morning's schedule.
It's also a major fundraiser for the Kewaunee County Dairy Promotion, the local nonprofit organization that sponsors the annual breakfast. The organization is comprised of local agriculture professionals and dairy farm families working with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to promote the dairy industry and products.
This is the second time Kinnard Highland has hosted Breakfast on the Farm, the first coming 33 years ago in 1989.
According to an interview with the Kinnard family on the dairy promotion's website, Kinnard Highland Farm started in 1953 when Joe Kinnard, who was working on a nearby dairy farm, bought the 80-acre place, intending to have his son, Vernon Kinnard, take over when Vernon got out of the service. That happened in 1958 when Vernon and his wife, Betty, took charge of the farm and its 36 milk cows. (They are not related to the Kinnard family that owns the Kinnard Farms mega-dairy farm in the Town of Lincoln.)
Vernon's sons, David and Randy Kinnard, went into partnership with their father after high school and helped grow the herd to 100 cows. Although Vernon retired in 1992, he continues to help on the farm at age 91.
A fourth generation of the family joined the ownership in 2013 when David’s son Brian and Randy’s son Kyler became partners in the operation.
Since then, the Kinnard Highland herd has grown to more than 600 acres and 290 cows. The increase in herd size is thanks in part to the construction in 2015 of a sand-bedded free stall barn with four Lely Robotic milking systems. It also has a skylight to help save energy costs. The robotic system allows the cows to give about 28,000 pounds of milk per day.
The Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm takes place Sunday, June 19 at Kinnard Highland Farm, N7869 Apple Road, Casco. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon and a church service will be held at 7 a.m.
The menu includes the traditional "biggest omelet you have ever seen," fresh rolls and butter, a variety of cheeses, milk, strawberry sundaes, pizza, deep-fried cheese curds and mozzarella sticks, and yogurt samples.
Activities and entertainment are offered along with the food, although some of the activities may change depending on countywide health conditions to provide a safe environment for guests and staff. As of Tuesday, the dairy promotion is encouraging social distancing and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the grounds.
Children can visit a petting zoo, jump around in a bounce house and find things to do in the kid's tent. Guests of all ages can take a horse- or tractor-drawn wagon ride, visit an antique tractor show, check out live music and other entertainment, and tour the farm.
Admission is $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 ages 4 to 12, free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through the Kewaunee County Dairy Promotion website, Bank of Luxemburg locations in Kewaunee and Door counties as well as Bellevue in Brown County, Dairyland Veterinary Service in Casco, Salmon's Meat Products in Luxemburg, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy LLC in Kewaunee or Rio Creek Feed Mill in Rio Creek and Luxemburg.
Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm is sponsored by the Kewaunee County Dairy Promotion, a nonprofit organization of local agriculture professionals and dairy farm families working with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to promote the dairy industry and products. For tickets or more information, visit dairypromo.com.
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected].
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This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Four-generation family dairy hosts Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm on Father's Day