6 Days and Counting…..
If you’re one of the hundreds of the anticipated attendees to the upcoming Outgamie County Breakfast on the Farm, on Sunday, June 14th, you’re in for a real treat. This year’s event, hosted by Wichman Farms, kicks off with a church service at 7:15a and continues with the delicious breakfast, tractor pulls, petting zoo, and much more. Ticket Info and Schedule of Events listed below.
ADDRESS: N4735 Cty Rd EE, Appleton
What’s even more special is the story behind the host family. The staff at the Rural Health Intiative (RHI) has been fortunate to know the Wichmans for years. In fact, Faye Wichman, served on the RHI Board of Directors for multiple years, contributing invaluable insight and direct experiences relating to farm life and culture. Staff and Directors had the opportunity to take a private tour of the robotic barn shortly after it was completed in 2013 as part of a Board of Directors meeting, which was held in upstairs viewing room. It truly was a neat experience.
WICHMAN FARMS STORY
Source: Outagamie County Dairy Promotions
Wichman Farms Inc, is a fourth generation dairy farm that began in 1916 as a 117 acre farm and has grown into a corporation which includes 120 non-tillable acres, 598 tillable acres and 70 acres of rented land. Second generation Roy and Gladys were married in 1951, before being joined by the third generation, sons Mark and Bruce, in 1974. They formed a corporation in 1980. Fourth generation, Bradley, joined the farm as an employee in 2003 and the corporation in 2011. .
Just as the family has grown and changed, so has the farm. In 1974 the original stanchion barn was converted to maternity pens for cows and pens for young calves. A new barn addition was built resulting in a 120 free stall barn and a double six herringbone milking parlor. After 40 years of use, the barn was overcrowded and the parlor needed updating. In 2013 a 248 free stall barn was built across the road, with cow comfort in mind. The herd was expanded to 275 Holstein cows which are milked 24 hours a day by four Lely Astronaut robots. The old barn was converted to a dry cow barn with maternity pens. Fresh cows are still milked in the old parlor before being moved to the robot barn.
Gladys Wichman resides on the heifer farm. She enjoys gardening, caring for her cats, and watching the robot dairy from the upstairs viewing room. She often wonders what Roy (deceased 2008) would think of the new barn and all the innovations of today’s operation.
Mark and Debbie have three children. Son Bradley (30) is a part owner and manages the robot barn. Daughter Katie (27) is a 3rd grade teacher in the Coleman School District. Daughter Emily (23) is an accountant at Schenck SC.
Bruce and Faye have three children. Jessica (35) (Ben Banker) is a Regional Human Resources Manager at Saputo Cheese, USA. Ben is a Manufacturing Engineer at Pierce Manufacturing. They have four sons, Mike (12), Kyle (11), Lucas (9) and Kody (5). Erica (34) (Clifton Stephenson) is a Registered Dietitian at UHS-Pruitt Corporation. Clifton is a Sales Consultant at US Auto Sales. They have four children, CJ (17), Tahryn (7), Justin (4) and Cameron (11 months). Brian (33) (Darcie) is a Journeyman Lineman Superintendent with Henkels and McCoy. Brian enjoys helping on the farm when needed. Darcie runs an in-home daycare. They have 2 daughters, Ashlyn (3) and Mayson (1). Their third child is due this August.
Wichmans pride themselves on only employing family members. The farm also employs Mark and Bruce’s cousin, Vernon Karweick, who works in the robot barn. Vernon and his family reside in rural Black Creek. Mark and Bruce also have a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Greg Koleske. They enjoy helping out on the farm when needed. They have two daughters, Nichole Fournier, and Jessica Koleske and a grandson, Alex.
- Advance Tickets can be purchased at Simons’s Cheese: 2735 Freedom Road, Appleton
- At the Breakfast:
- Adult $7.00
- Child (5-10) $5.00
- Child (4 & younger) FREE
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Church Service (7:15) provided by Pastor Roland Lindeman of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour
- Delicious Dairy Breakfast (starts at 8:00) includes a hearty egg omelet, hash browns, breakfast ham, Wisconsin cheese, cinnamon rolls, milk and ice cream
- Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by WPS Weigh In 9:30-10:30, Pull at 10:30
- Live Music by Star Fire
- Children’s Activities, including:
- Face Painting
- Addie the Cow
- Farmer Look alike contest – Dress your child like a farmer and they can win a prize!
- Farm tours of the Robotic Milking Facility
- Petting Zoo
- Antique Tractors/ Wagon Rides
For more information about the Event Schedule, Ticket Pricing, and Past Hosts of the Breakfast on the Farm, visit:
- Outagamie County Dairy Promotions website: http://bit.ly/1FLmkyF
- Event Brochure [pdf]: click http://bit.ly/1Mi79lx
- Event Flier [pdf]: click http://bit.ly/1Qi24zY