Thank you all for coming to the 2017 Breakfast on the Farm at Wallace Dairy Farm, LLC – we’re glad you could enjoy a delicious dairy breakfast with us here in Kewaunee County! Thanks again to all of our AMAZING Volunteers and our FANTASTIC Sponsors – you make this wonderful event possible!
Here are a few quick photos from the breakfast today (6/11/2017).
We couldn’t do this great event without the help & support of our community – thank you 2017 Dairy Breakfast Sponsors!
Agropur / Krohn Dairy Store
American Foods Group / G. B. Dressed Beef
Cornette Farm Supply
Rio Creek Feed Mill, Inc.
Bayland Transport — BelGioioso Cheese Inc. — BMO Harris Bank — Fabick Cat — Greenstone Farm Credit — Kewaunee FFA & FFA Alumni — Kinnard Farms, Inc. — Tri-State Feed & Grain
Abts Bou-Matic — Arla Foods — Blazei Hoof Trimming — Blue Water Service — Brother’s Dairy — Cedar Valley Campground — Frank’s Feed Mill Inc. — Hall’s Calf Ranch LLC — Hydroclean Equipment — J. Jadin Inc. — Jim’s Johns — Lakeshore Heating & Cooling, LLC — Luxemburg Motor Co. — Nicolet National Bank — Mike Huber — Patz Corporation — Riesterer & Schnell, Inc. — Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese — Saputo Cheese — Total Dairy Service LLC — Zeamer Welding LLC
Advanced Disposal — Badgerland Concrete LLC — Bill Lorrigan Construction, Inc. — Country Visions Co-op — Crop Insurance Services, Inc. — D&D Equipment Co. Inc. — Darlene Boeder — Delaval Dairy Service — Denmark State Bank — Eis Implement Inc. — Foremost Farms, USA — Forest Construction Company, Inc. — Gallenberger Dairy Records — Green Bay Insurance Center/Hastings Mutual — Investors Community Bank — Keller, Inc. Planners, Architects, Builders — Kewaunee Fire Dept. — Konop Meats – Stangelville — Koss Ag, LLC — Kuehn Printing — Lakes Gas — Lakeshore Dairy Services/ABS — Lallemand Animal Nutrition — McMahon’s of Luxemburg — Mleziva Hoof Care— Nemetz Neshota Ridge Homestead LLC — Pribek Trucking, LLC — Rob Jacobs — Spartan Construction, Inc. — Tisch Mills Farm Center, Inc. — Tiry Engineering Inc. — Valley Veterinary Clinic SC — Vanderkinter Farms LLC — Vanderloop Equipment — Veterinary Associates, LLC — Wisconsin Public Service
Advanced Veterinary Services — Animart — Bank of Luxemburg — Beaver Machine, Inc. — Cintas — Country Sweets-N-Treats LLC — Custom Welding Inc. — D & D Equipment Co. Inc. — Dairyland Seed Co. Inc. — Don’s Bakery Luxemburg — Eastern Wisconsin DHIC — Fritsch Equipment Corp. — Green & Gold Concrete, Inc. — Kewaunee County Farm Bureau — Lakeshore Farm Management — Lemens Water Care Inc. — Luxemburg Implement Co. Inc. — Matt’s Services, LLC — Orru Acres — Paradocs Embyro Transfer Inc. — Renards Cheese — Salmons Meats — Splan Nutrition Consulting — Stodola’s IGA in Luxemburg — Sugarbush Poured Walls, LLC — The Rendezvous in Luxemburg — Title Trends Inc. — Tulachka’s A. I. Service — United Cooperative — Vine Vest North, Inc. Crop Ins.
Local Grocery Stores
Denny’s Super Valu – Craig’s Piggly Wiggly – Kewaunee Piggly Wiggly – Stodola’s IGA in Luxemburg
Paul Wallace, Jr. is a 4th generation dairy farmer – born and raised on a dairy farm, he has always enjoyed working with cattle and being on the farm.
FAMILY FARM HISTORY The original Wallace Homestead, located in Darboy, began in 1856. Paul’s father (Paul, Sr.), the 3rd of 9 children, was raised there. After working 3-4 years out of high school, he then purchased a small dairy farm in Forest Junction (Brillion area) and operated it while working at the local paper mill. In 1978, when Paul, Jr. was 5 years old, the family relocated to the present-day farm.
Together Paul Jr., his father (Paul, Sr.), mother (Cathy), and sister (Kim) operated the dairy farm. With the closest relatives over an hour away, the family depended on one another, as well as on the relationships built with neighbors and local businesses to continue building the farm. Paul Jr.’s grandfather would travel to the farm to help when time permitted, especially during corn chopping season.
Paul, Jr. used his own money to purchase first registered Holstein for $1,200 when he was 14 years old. He used this animal to start building his herd of registered dairy cattle. To date, he still has 2 descendants of his first Holstein. While working for his parents, Paul helped focus on improving the genetic base of the herd by selecting specific production traits. Paul built his own cattle numbers while still working for his parents and helped increase the initial herd of 50 to the present-day 100.
Paul, Jr. made the initial purchase of cattle and equipment and took over full operation in early 2013. One of the biggest challenges, particularly after the change in ownership, is that Paul, Jr. and family live in Algoma, almost 10 miles from the farm itself. Not being on-site is challenging as they need to rely on his parents for assistance when animals are calving, or if heifers escape. Bad weather also factors in as the cows still need to be milked and fed twice a day regardless of road conditions.
As of early April 2017, the Paul, Jr. family is looking forward to living on-site – as they’ve closed on the house, barn, building, and some acreage. This nearly completes the 2nd phase of the purchase plan. The family is now working hard to complete some renovations to make the farmhouse their own while Paul’s parents are working to complete their new home (north of the operation). Everyone hopes to be settled into their new homes by Fall of this year. While the farm has always been accessible to Paul, Jr. and family, being within steps versus 10 miles will make a big difference!
GROWTH & EDUCATION Paul, Jr. attended Lakeshore Technical College, earning a certificate in Dairy Herd Management. After completion, one of the requirements before he could return to his family’s farm was to work on another dairy for a minimum of one year. He worked for a then neighbor, Mike Pavich. While Paul always had an interest in genetics and breeding, it was here that he gained more knowledge and contacts which helped as he continued to build his herd. Eventually he applied the same ideas to his parents’ herd.
Working together, Paul, Sr. and Paul, Jr. complement one another, as Paul, Sr.’s strengths are crop and field work, while Paul, Jr.’s strengths are cattle. Together with his parents, Paul, Jr. has been able to grow the farm, build the genetic base of the herd, and find more cost-effective ways to operate the dairy.
THE FAMILY Paul, Jr.’s wife Corrina works as a special education aide for the Algoma School District. She has a degree in business and is taking additional coursework to obtain her elementary education licensure. The Wallace’s children attend Algoma High School. Aidan is a junior involved in band, football, basketball, and track. Emersyn is a freshman involved in band, volleyball, basketball and softball. The family are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma.
Over the last few years, the farm has been able to employ several hard working and reliable individuals to help keep the farm operating efficiently. Paul has confidence in these individuals which allows him more flexibility to attend family events and take occasional time off. Present employees include: Connor Buhr, Max Schoening, Jordan Schiesser, Casey Stangel, Matthew Bluett, and Casey Nelson.
Farming is a family affair. Paul’s dad remains involved on a nearly daily basis. Aidan is a regular fixture at the farm and Corrina and Emersyn contribute as well. Cathy can often be seen cutting lawn or supplying the guys with fresh baked goods. Additionally, Paul’s sister and some her children (Morgan, Bryce & Graham) still help from time to time along with Corrina’s parents Chuck and Jenny Hucek. Two of the dairy’s employees have been involved at the farm since they were little (nephew, Connor and family friend Max). The Wallace kids along with friends and family have shown dairy cattle at the Kewaunee County Fair throughout the years.
The Wallace family says, “we feel blessed to be able to share our farm with family, friends, and the community. The values, strong work ethic and life experiences gained on the farm are like no other. We are honored to be able to contribute to educating others about how dairy farmers contribute to the agriculture industry, support the local economy and give back to the community.”
Great opportunity for students who need community service hours – volunteer as a family, make new friends and enjoy a day outdoors at this great community event, all while enjoying a delicious dairy brunch.
Volunteers eat free and get to enjoy a fun filled morning with food, fun, family & friends. Sign up for a shift today – register on your own or with a group. Many different opportunities to help, eat, tour, play, and learn!
Our delicious morning at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy was filled with FAMILIES! Find more great photos here, from the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm 2016, including photos of this year’s hosts: the Pagel Family AND our 2017 Breakfast Host Family – Paul & Corinna Wallace (Wallace Dairy Farm)!
Parking is easy! Access parking directly off of County Rd C.
Please note that there is special handicap parking and motorcycle parking. Look for our signs and our friendly volunteers – they will guide you to where you need to go. Check out this map for a visual of what you can expect at the 2016 Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm on Father’s Day – Sunday, June 19th.