A large picnic: lots of meeting, nod and eating
September 20, 2017 - Picnic Time
What does a Wisconsin plantation family, severely lifting Holstein cattle, do on a Sunday that falls after county fairs end, District Holstein shows are though a memory, State Fair has come and left and World Dairy Expo is still a integrate of weeks away?
Go to a annual Wisconsin Holstein Picnic, of course. And, good over 300 adults and kids did only that final Sunday by creation their approach to Gildale Holsteins during Hollandale — a encampment of 288 people and 46 milking cows in Iowa county. (Note: Hollandale is one of few Wisconsin cities or villages that has a dairy farm—Gildale Holsteins—located within its borders.)
Picnic-goers enclosed dairy farmers and people who work with dairy farmers, all carrying one thing in common: a connection with a Holstein cow that has perpetually been a many renouned multiply of dairy cows milked on Wisconsin farms and all substantially members of cruise unite a Wisconsin Holstein Association (WHA).
Lots of tradition
Gildale Holsteins is owned by Erik and Brenda Gilbertson, a immature integrate with 3 children, who recently insincere tenure from Erik’s father Mark. It’s a kind of dairy plantation that many people remember from their flourishing adult days and adore to demeanour at: tiny normal red barn, cows side by side in tie stalls, station on straw (on tip of mattresses), all unaware acres of immature weed where a cows are pastured when they are not on display at a picnic.
The day began with a Blue Ribbon MILK 5K/ 1-mile travel on roads around a Gildale Farm during 9 a.m. Coordinated by Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, with deduction separate between several charities. Brenda Gilbertson pronounced 44 people entered this first-ever eventuality and “hoped it would continue as a fundraiser.”
At 10 a.m. a stable was open for guest to demeanour during a dairy flock and particular cows. The mostly listened criticism was “gee, these are high cows.” Rightly so as a purebred Holstein Gildale flock was bred for form and a uncover ring for decades. Some of a cows were enclosed in dual classes of a judging competition that anyone could attend in, and many folks did.
Then it was cruise time featuring beef sandwiches served by a Iowa County Cattleman’s Association. I’ll acknowledge that this beef — purchased locally during the Hollandale Grocery — was improved than about any I’ve ever eaten: served in a prohibited dog bun, we approaching to need a blade to carve my way by a beef — something not easy to do on a paper image with plastic implements. But no, we ate it all though even once touching a knife. Great!
And, we can’t have a dairy cruise though ice cream and a choice of cupcakes to go with it. Add in a divert and plates of cheese being served by dairy queens and it was apparent that many eaters were wakeful of a new investigate that valid butter, cheese and ice cream were good — not bad — for eaters.
Meeting friends aged and new
Of course, a entertainment of a vast organisation of plantation folks unequivocally means removing reacquainted with aged friends and assembly new ones. Eating while seated on 2 x 10 planks atop grain bales means we are firm to accommodate new people during a march of a dish as people come and go.
Yes, there was a grave program: member of a Wisconsin Holstein Association, introduction of a Gilbertson family and Alice in Dairyland Crystal Siemers-Peterman, a prolonged time member of a WHA and maestro of a uncover ring, and UW RIver Falls connoisseur and motivational orator Scott Florence.
There were lots of youngsters among a throng and they were kept busy on pedal tractors (rented from Green County Ag Chest) and bouncing inside and shifting down a slope of a outrageous inflatable made like an finish loader (rented from McFarlanes in Sauk City) — something new to me.
A cruise is not a place to speak many about critical subjects though several folks voiced their thoughts to me about a destiny of smaller family farms as they remarkable a continued dump in Wisconsin dairy plantation numbers (now subsequent 9,000). And, how record is holding over dairy farming
“Will we still have Holstein picnics like this 20 years from now?” a dairyman asked. “Probably yes,” another immature rancher answered, “but maybe it will be only a few mega plantation owners and mechanism whizzes eating in a repast club… all will be computerized, with robotics and automation and not many tangible farmers.” Who knows?
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Love of dairying
But for this day, Erik and Brenda Gilbertson and their 3 children were a core of courtesy along with their cows, a new 72 x 60-foot heifer trickery a half mile adult a highway holding about 30 animals, a aged farmhouse being remodeled in a large way thus bringing Erik and Brenda closer to a farmstead and a cows.
I and many other visitors were tender by Erik’s adore for his cows and enterprise to have them in a aged dairy stable where he could see and hold and speak with them tighten up. Something that is not as easy to do in today’s complicated freestall barns that have taken over cattle housing in new years.
Both were innate and lifted on dairy farms: Erik on this dairy that was bought by his grandfather Otis in 1946 and Brenda during Cava-Lanes Holsteins in Manitowoc county. They met during World Dairy Expo in 2006, were married in 2009 and are now a relatives of Makenna (6), Elise (4) and Naydeen (1). They now live in a residence about a retard away which they will sell when a plantation residence undergoes vital remodeling.
What about a future?
Although a dairy stable is old, tiny and a bit antiquated, they have deliberate building a new stable nearby a heifer trickery a half mile away. Brenda says, “Yes, we’ve looked during freestalls, robots and a new stable though for now, we’ve motionless to stay where we are.”
She also realizes that their tiny flock distance might not be adequate prolonged term: “We have been questioning a probability of creation on-farm ice cream and have visited several such operations in a state.”
The 46 cow herd, recently personal by Holstein USA, now includes 16 Excellent, 26 Very Good and 6 Good Plus animals and a 110.3% BAA. (Note: The Breed Age Average Percentages (BAA%) is a outcome of evaluation by The Holstein Association’s veteran classifiers that evaluates 17 particular traits in 5 vital dairy scorecard breakdowns.
Registered breeders, a minority
The WHA has some 2100 adult members and includes farmers, dairy suppliers, others meddlesome in a dairy attention and a horde of member programs. Wisconsin’s 9,000 dairy producers are about 90 percent blurb with divert as their categorical income source and interest. The remaining farmers lift purebred cattle of 7 breeds with Holsteins distant a many popular. They sell divert and value a multiply form appearance of their cattle. They also sell a brood of their registered cattle that are a cattle we see during World Dairy Expo and other large shows.
Congratulations to a WHA and Gilbertson family for hosting a good for fun event. Nothing like a large arrange of reunion to finish summer and hail autumn. Thanks.
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