Each year the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm is hosted by a different Family Farm located in Kewaunee County!
Our 2021 Host Family Farm
We are excited to host this year’s breakfast! We are a multi-generational family farm – founded over 120 years ago! In 2001, Todd took over the farm from his parents, Ed and Claire. In 2007, Aaron joined the operation and a partnership was formed: Augustian Farms LLC.
The original dairy barns were used to milk 60 cows and house all of the young stock until a fire took them in the spring of 2005. For the next four years, a neighboring facility was rented until the herd could be re-established and a plan put together, to keep the family farm in the dairy industry. In 2009, our new dairy was built near where the original once stood. A cross-vent freestall barn and parlor were erected for 400 cows.
In 2011, a feed pad was constructed to efficiently store feed. A feed pad renovation will be completed this year that will include an expansion and rainwater runoff collection.
In 2015, we went through an expansion that took us to our current herd size of 1,100 cows. At that time, we added a transition and calving barn, to give the cows the attention they need during that time of their life. Our calves leave the dairy daily and are raised off-site, along with our heifers at two high-quality calf and heifer growers.
Today the farm is operated by Aaron, Todd and Ginane, 15 employees, and multiple family members. We concentrate on cow comfort, genomics, and using the latest technology inside our dairy barns. On the land side of things, we practice conservation by planting cover crops in fall, planting green in the spring, and always having a growing crop on the land 12 months of the year. We’ve partnered with UW Discovery Farms in a multi-year study testing the surface water running off of our land.
On the farm tours, we are excited to showcase our cross-vent barn, transition barn, and the activity monitors that each of the cows wear. We’re proud to promote dairy & our love of agriculture in Kewaunee County.
We hope to see you and your family at Breakfast on the Farm this Father’s Day!
The Augustian Family:
Aaron, Kari, Ginane, and Todd
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Keep reading for more great information on our host family!
Beginning over 120 years ago, this family farm has grown to running 1400 acres and milking 1,100 cows in 2021!
- 1100 Cows; 90 lbs Milk/Cow per day; Milking 3x/day
- Fat – 3.92% Test; Protein – 3.22% Test; SCC – 110,000
- 1400 Acres; corn for silage – 600 acres, alfalfa – 500 acres, winter wheat – 100 acres, new seeding – 185 acres, rye for seed – 15 acres
- 14 Full-Time and 4 Part-Time Employees
- HERD VETERINARIAN – Dairyland Vet service Kevin Rockow
- NUTRITIONIST – Cody Yanzick, Vita Plus
- HOOF TRIMMER – Dean Smercheck
- MILK MARKETER – Agropur
- MILK HAULER – Pribek Trucking
- FEED MILL – Vita Plus / Cornette Farm Supply, Tisch Mills Farm Center
We wanted to learn more…so we asked! Keep reading to discover more about the Augustian’s family farming.
Interview with the Family – Q&A
Q: When did your Dairy’s story begin? How did your journey begin?
A: The Augustian farm has been in the family for 120+ years. In 2001, Ed and Claire sold the cattle and equipment to Todd and rented him the rest of the farm. In 2007, Aaron joined the operation and a partnership was formed: Augustian Farms LLC. The original dairy barns were used to milk 60 cows and house all the young stock, up until a fire took them in the spring of 2005. For the next 4 years, a neighboring facility was rented until the herd could be re-established and a plan put together that would keep us in the dairy industry in the future. In 2009, a new dairy was built next to where the original dairy once stood. A cross vent free stall barn and parlor were erected for 400 cows. In 2011, a feed pad was designed and constructed to more efficiently store our feed, which we will be finishing this year. In 2015, we went through an expansion that took us to 1100 cows, where we are at today. At that time, we added a transition and calving barn which has really given the cows the attention they need during that time of their life. Our calves leave the dairy and are raised offsite, along with our heifers at two high quality calf and heifer growers.
Q: What is your farming background? Are you a 1st-generation farmer, or do you come from many generations of farmers?
A: Farming has been in our family for our whole lives. As kids we were in the barn doing chores and helping out where we could. After high school, both of us (Todd and Aaron) both went off to NWTC to pursue other careers, but after working in those fields, we ended up coming back to the farm.
Q: What hardships have you had to overcome – personal or professional? How have they shaped the farm/you?
A: In 2005 we lost the whole herd and the barns to a fire. At this time we had to decide if we wanted to keep farming or change paths. The decision was made to modernize our dairy, which brings us to the facility we are in today.
Q: Growth & Education – how did you grow your farm, and yourselves, to result in what we see today?
A: As the farm grew and changed, both of us (Todd and Aaron) went through the NWTC farm business and production management program, to keep up with ever-changing industry.
Q: To sum it all up – what do we see here today? What are your achievements? What are your goals & values?
A: Today we concentrate on the details of the dairy and the crop sides of things. In the barn, we strive to have the most comfortable housing we can give our animals. We have a cow manager system installed which is like a “fit bit” on every single cow. This allows us to see how the cows are doing at all times. We use genomic testing to improve the genetic potential of our herd. On the crop side of things, we are in the process of converting all of the land to “cover crops” in the fall and “planting green” in the spring. This allows the fields to have growing crop on them nearly year round. We are also working with UW Discovery Farms, taking part in a multi-year study to test the surface water running off of our land.
Thank you for joining us for Breakfast on the Farm in Kewaunee County – Father’s Day 2021!