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Don't miss the 30th Calumet County 'Sundae' on a Dairy Farm

Don't miss the 30th Calumet County 'Sundae' on a Dairy Farm
Event will be held June 28 between Chilton and New Holstein

Gold Star Dairy Farms, LLC, located between New Holstein and Chilton, will host the 30th Calumet County "Sundae" on the Farm celebration on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

David Geiser and his wife Deb Reinhart, Manuel and Maria Valenzuela and Simon Regan own and operate Gold Star Dairy Farms, LLC. The farm is home to 300 registered Holstein cows and 300 heifers and calves.

Century Farm

"We are a Century Farm," Deb explains. "David's grandparents settled this farm in 1912. David and Deb have operated the 183-acre dairy since they purchased the farm from David's parents in 1975. Back then the couple was milking 80 registered Holsteins.

HOST FARM: Owners of Gold Star Dairy, LLC, will welcome visitors to their farm located between New Holstein and Chilton on June 28 for the 30th annual "Sundae" on a Dairy Farm. From left are, Deb Reinhart, David Geiser, Manuel Valenzuela and Simon Regan.

Today, the LLC rents 120 acres of land for crops much of which they double crop with rye or wheat after corn is harvested for silage. They purchase most of their feed from neighbors. Dry cows and young stock are intensively grazed on 90 acres. Gold Star Dairy utilizes a 590 plan for nutrient management and manages 750 acres. The partners formed an LLC in December.

"Simon worked for us for two years before we formed the LLC. We got to know him and he got to know us," Deb explains. "He is an Iraq War veteran and we're proud of that. He served our country as a U.S. Marine."

Simon did not grow up on a dairy farm. He studied diesel maintenance at Fox Valley Technical College and graduated from the Lakeshore Technical College Dairy Herd Management Program. He started working at the farm as a milker and is now learning the crops and feed side of the business.

"Manuel has been with us for 15 years," Deb notes.

Manuel has a bachelor's degree in coaching and physical education. He and his wife Maria started out milking cows at Gold Star Farms in 2000.  He has grown his role over the years and now manages all aspects of the dairy herd and our employees.

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"He is an excellent caregiver to our cows and a great coach for our staff," Deb says.

David and Deb have three sons - Ian, Joshua and Adrian - "and they work in other occupations," David says. They also have two young grandchildren who spend at least one day a week at the farm.

For the past 18 months, Deb has been working full time as executive director of the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation. Most mornings, she is able to feed the calves six months old and younger before heading off to work.

In addition to the owners, Gold Star Dairy has four full time and two part time employees.

David and Deb have met a lot of farmers, who are like David and herself.

"We see a lot of farmers who have spent a lifetime building their farm operation and there is no one to transfer their farm to. We all grew these dairies and now we have to discover how to transition it to the next generation when you don't have kids who want to come back to the farm. Bringing in unrelated partners is a model that is working for us," David says.

Gold Star Dairy Farms is expecting about 2,000 people at their farm on June 28. They are looking forward to welcoming both rural and urban visitors.

"It's a chance for us to tell our story and let the public see an active dairy farm in operation," Deb explains. "They can see how we produce food, help feed the world and better understand how we passionately care for our cows, land and people."

Visitors will have lots to see and do at the 30th annual Calumet County "Sundae" on the Farm. There will be guided farm tours, tractor-wagon rides, butter churning, a Kiddie Tractor Pull at 1 p.m., Uncle Bobby the Clown, live music by "CaHoots," a display by the Chilton Fire and Rescue, a petting zoo, games and face painting by local 4-H clubs. Erica Lamers, Calumet County Fairest of the Fair, the junior Fairest of the Fair and the Farm Bureau Princess will also be on hand to greet visitors.

The following groups will have booths set up at the farm:
*Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
* Calumet County 4-H
*Calumet County Land and Water Conservation Department
*LDS Inc.
*AgSource
*Fox Valley Technical College
*Calumet County UW Extension agriculture
*Lake to Lake Collectors
*St. Anna Veterinary Clinic

Burgers, brats, grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream sundaes will be available throughout the day.  There will also be free cheese and free milk. Dennis Frame, retired director of University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms, will serve as emcee. The event is sponsored by the Calumet County Dairy Promotion Committee.

There will be no parking at the farm. Those wanting to attend the event should park at Chilton High School, 530 W. Main St., where school buses will shuttle visitors about five miles to and from the farm. 

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