KEWAUNEE (NBC 26) — At Kewaunee County’s Dairy Breakfast this year, Aaron Augustian is looking forward to showing the public just how great life on the farm is.
“Come on out and let the farmer tell a story and hear it first hand," he said. “These animals actually really do enjoy it in here. We have great airflow through here for the animals, plenty of fresh water. Cow comfort is our number one issue for the animals.“
Augustian Farms is hosting this year's Kewaunee Dairy Promotions Breakfast on the Farm on Sunday, June 20th. There will be the horse and tractor drawn wagon rides around the farm, live polka music and a dairy breakfast with "The biggest omelette you have ever seen." New this year, there will be a scavenger hunt for kids, with prizes. With around 1,000 cows, Augustian farms sends milk out for wholesale products every day.
“The landscape of dairy is changing, and that doesn’t mean that the farmers care anymore any less about the animals," said Kari Blazei, Committee Member of Kewaunee County Dairy Promotions. "They take great pride in what they do every single day, and I think it’s great for people to come out and see that yes, that little red barn is wonderful and they take care of the cows, but so does that large barn that we see driving down the road as well.“
Blazei has been involved in dairy her whole life, studied agriculture in college and now sells feed ingredients all over the country. June Dairy Month is a time to remind people just how important their local farmers are, she said.
"They work really really hard to get that nutritious product on the table for you," she said. "So we know, and you know, they are consuming a product that’s made from healthy cows, from farmers that really care about their animals, 365 days of the year.“
A fifth-generation farmer himself, Augistian says things have changed over the years, especially with conservation efforts, like inter-seeding cover crops to reduce soil loss. Yet many traditions of farming will always stay the same.
“Getting up every morning and watching the animals, watching the employees grow, watching the kids on the farm, watching them work with the animals," he said. "And then just seen the crops grow over here and continuing the cycle year after year.“
The brunch will go from 8:00 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 20th. The farm is located at E 4301 County Road G in Kewaunee. Tickets are $8 for those ages 12 and up, $4 for kids ages 4 to 12, and free for those under 3. You can buy tickets in advance or on the day of at the farm.