Kristy Pagel was our emcee and has been the past 11 years. Special thanks to Kristy for her dedication to the dairy industry!
Kewaunee County Dairy Promotion Committee honors a community member each year with a Volunteer Recognition & Appreciation Award. The 2018 recipient is the late John T. Pagel for his contributions to the dairy industry throughout his life. His children accepted the award on his behalf.
#DrinkOneForJohn It’s June Dairy Month! Use this hashtag to raise funds for the Ag Center at Kewaunee High School! For each social mention, $1 will be donated (up to $2000) by Julie Veldhuis in honor of the late John t. Pagel & dairy families, “Drink Milk, It Does A Body Good!”
2018 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair, Isabella Haen, was our Keynote speaker.
2018 Fairest of the Fair, Charlene Robinson
2018 Jr Fairest of the Fair, Macey Ledvina
Our 2018 Breakfast on the Farm host family, the Knorns, were introduced.
Dairy Ambassador visit St. Paul Lutheran Church and School and Luxemburg- Casco schools in April and May to spread their dairy cheer!
3rd-8th graders were visited by FFA members, Kim Van Donsel & Gabrielle Haen. Kim & Gabrielle shared how FFA has impacted their personal and academic lives. They also discussed the varied interests, scholarships, and networking opportunities that FFA offers, ending the visit with a fun training of sheep judging. Their treats included string cheese, a glass of chocolate milk, & a sub sandwich, which represents all forms of agriculture. A Special thank you to Kim & Gabrielle for sharing their experience with our youth!
The 4K class was visited by Catrina Thiry, who read the book “A Fairy in the Dairy”. The kids developed their own ice cream flavor & gave it a creative name. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a traditional ice cream sundae with a cherry on top.
The 5K class was visited by Stacy Jauquet, who read the book, “A Farm of Many Colors”. They learned how agriculture comes in all colors of the rainbow & enjoyed a yogurt parfait. Both books are provided by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.
1st/2nd graders learned about Curd Science. Each student received a book provided by the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin & watched a short video about how cheese is made. They made butter in class & tried 3 different cheeses, Cheese Curds, Medium Cheddar, and Sharp Cheddar. These cheese demonstrate how cheese can be cured for many years before consumers can find it in the grocery store.
3rd graders from Luxemburg-Casco. Catrina Thiry assisted Stacy Jauquet in sharing the Build a Better Body Program, which focuses on building a plate of colorful foods to eat from each of the five food groups. Then the kids played games, concentrating on colorful food options, food groups, and healthy snacks. The day ended with building a kabob stick full of protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and grain.
2nd graders at the Luxemburg-Casco Primary School in April. The topic was Curd Science & each student was given a book provided by the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. The kids watched a short video about how cheese is made & then made their own butter in class. Each student sampled Cheese Curds, Medium Cheddar, & Sharp Cheddar to learn how cheese can be cured for many years before consumers purchase it in the store. The best part, the class danced to the “Moo Cow” song, because exercising is just as important as eating Dairy!
Thank you Catrina & Stacy for your dedication to connecting the community to the dairy industry!
Renee Ebert recently visited Algoma’s classrooms where the 2nd graders read the story “Curd Science, The Incredible Journey From Milk to Curd” and had cheese whips for a snack. The 4th graders had a Smart Board video and snacked on a variety of cheese sampling. The 3rd grade classrooms took a field trip to Ebert Enterprises on June 1st and celebrated National Milk Day with a milk toast. They toured the farm and saw the maternity area, the milking parlor, and the calf area where they were able to feed the calves.
We’re excited to share some fun farm facts about Junion Homestead Farm – the family farm hosting our 2018 Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm, on June 17th, 2018. This year is our host family farm’s 150th anniversary!
Farm Facts & Stats
Tony & Peggy Knorn
250 Cows, 225 Milking
80 lb. Milk/Cow per Day
Milking 2x per Day
Fat – 3.8% Test
Protein – 3.22% Test
SCC – 140,000
Holsteins, Red & White Holsteins, Brown Swiss, and Guernseys.
Holstein Rolling Herd Avg. of 26,423 lb.
Brown Swiss Rolling Herd Avg. of 20,256 lb., 4.07% Fat & 3.5% Protein
Guernsey Rolling Herd Avg. of 18,770 lb., 4.13% Fat & 3.31% Protein
450 Acres farmed
186 Acres owned
Corn – 178 Acres
Alfalfa – 193 Acres
Oats/new seeding – 80 Acres
5 Part Time
Dairyland Veterinary Service
Dr. Scott Wiley
Blazei Hoof Trimming
Rio Creek Feed Mill
Join the Knorn Family of Junion Homestead Farm as they celebrate 150 years of family farming this Father’s Day at Kewaunee County’s Breakfast on the Farm!
The Cow Lady (a.k.a. Renee Ebert) continues the mission of educating our future food producers with a big smile!
Pictured are the first graders at Algoma Elementary from the classes of Mrs. Lebotte, Mrs. Herman & Mrs. Clarke.
Mrs. Ebert shared materials offered by the Milk Marketing Board, which was recently rebranded as Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. The materials include the book, “My Field Trip to a Wisconsin Dairy Farm”. The book talks about all aspects of agriculture, not just dairy, and the five food groups. The class made kebabs (grapes, strawberries, two cheeses, cucumbers & a wheat pita bread) and sandwiches with, turkey & ham. It looks like they had a great time together!
Meet Renee Ebert, loving known as “The Cow Lady”
Renee is one of our volunteer dairy ambassadors who visit local schools to talk about dairy farming. Pictured is her visit to the 3k class at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma. Renee explained her teaching materials are designed for Kindergarten to 4th grade, so she came up with her own material for preschoolers.
The kids were allowed to dress in animal costumes & they sang “Old McDonald Had A Farm.”
She fills her large milk carton with things from the farm, like a cow, horse & pig. She talks about the food they eat & how different it is from what people eat. Renee leads a conversation about machinery like the tractor, planter, chopper, & skid steer. Then talk about field work, planting & harvesting crops for the animals. And in return, cows give us milk. She shows a milk truck that hauls milk to a cheese plant & talks about milk being used to make cheese & ice cream.
Renee is all smiles when she talks about her work in the schools, “I think I enjoy it just as much as the kids! Love the kids!!”