Each year the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm is hosted by a different Family Farm located in Kewaunee County!
Our 2020 Host Family Farm – Celebrating 100 Years of Family Farming in 2020
Salentine Homestead Dairy, LLC – established in 1920
We are excited to host this year’s breakfast as we celebrate our centennial! It all started in 1920 when Ben & Marie Salentine purchased the farm & it’s original 80 acres. Now, 100 years later, our family at Salentine Homestead Dairy LLC (which includes our family’s 4th generation) has worked hard at improving cow comfort, milking 300 cows on our family farm.
On the farm tours, the we are excited to showcase our contour strip cropping, cow comfort, and their cow activity monitors which were installed in January of 2020. We continue 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 Salentine Family of Salentine Homestead Dairy:
Josh & Jenny, Megan, Caleb, & Molly and Jim & Mary
Find Salentine Homestead Farm on Facebook!
100 Years of Family Farming
Beginning in 1920 with 80 acres, this family farm has grown to running 560 acres and milking 300 cows in 2020!
- 300 Milking Cows; 80 lbs Milk/Cow per day; Milking 2X/day
- Fat – 410 % Test; Protein – 310 % Test; SCC – 90,000
- Heifers raised at Circle Bar Heifer Ranch in Kansas ; calves raised at Circle E Calves in Casco, WI
- 560 Acres (owned & rented); Corn – 240 Acres; Alfalfa – 180 Acres; Wheat – 50 Acres; Soybeans – 90 Acres
- 12 Part Time Employees
Interview with the Family – Q&A
We wanted to learn more…so we asked! Keep reading to discover more about the Salentine’s family farming.
Q: Growth & Education – how did you grow your farm, and yourselves, to result in what we see today?
A: Josh is a graduate of UW Wisconsin Farm & Industry Short Course Program and continues his education through the NWTC Farm Business & Production Management Course and through Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin seminars
Q: When did your Dairy’s story begin? How did your journey begin?
- It all started in 1920 when Ben & Marie Salentine purchased the farm & it’s original 80 acres.
- In the 1950’s, their son, Nick, purchased the farm with his wife Agnes.
- In 1975, Jim, the 3rd generation, and his wife Mary purchased the farm. During their time, they grew the farm from 45 cows to 80 cows until the year 2000 when they added the existing milking parlor & free-stall barn. They then doubled their herd.
- In 2014, a partnership was formed, Salentine Homestead Dairy LLC, which includes the family’s 4th generation, Josh & Jenny.
- One hundred years later, in 2020, our family works hard, continuously improving cow comfort, now milking 300 cows on our family farm. The young-stock is raised off-site by two high quality calf & heifer growers.
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Thank you for joining us for Breakfast on the Farm in Kewaunee County – Father’s Day 2020!