Have you heard about Breakfast on the Farm? We are hosting this event this Saturday, June 17th, at our farm on Lyle Young Road in East Montpelier. At least 1,000 visitors are expected, visitors will come for a FREE pancake breakfast and then go on a self guided tour through our dairy farm. Thank you to the many generous sponsors that make this event happen and to the 100+ volunteers that will help the event run smoothly for our guests.
Tickets to the event are free but they need to be reserved at http://www.vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com.
So what might visitors see on our dairy farm? Here’s a quick preview of what to expect:
Visitors will learn about our forages! Did you know that we can produce 60% of our cows diet by putting up high quality haylage and corn silage?
Visitors will see our new maternity barn, where they may or may not get to see a new mom and baby. Averaging about 5 births a day, we will cross our fingers that some lucky visitors may be able to see a new calf coming into the world!
Manure! How can you go to a dairy farm without learning about how awesome our cows are at recycling? Visitors will see our manure pits and learn about how we use manure as the main ingredient to our nutrient management plan which helps us grow excellent crops that will be harvested for our animals diet.
When we talk about our manure and cropping, we cannot help but talk about conservation! Visitors will see through a demonstration how our no-till crop system works to improve soil health and water quality. We plant almost 100% no-till and have been using this system since 2008.
With manure and conservation practices of course comes equipment, there will be a variety of equipment to check out up close!
Cows! There will be lots of cows for visitors to see, they will learn about what life is like on our farm as a cow and how we work hard to keep them happy, healthy and comfortable.
Visitors will be able to see our milking parlor where we produce about 120,000 pounds of milk a day, which is roughly 12,000 pounds of cheese! There will be a mechanical cow to try milking and a milk truck to show how our milk is transported from our farm to the Cabot Creamery in Cabot, Vermont.
There will also be a station to learn about our 4-H club and summer camps, we have a lot of fun sharing our passion of caring for our animals with local youth and love to see their hard work pay off when they show their animals in the fall.
The highlight of many of our tours is our calf barn and the baby calves, visitors of course can expect to spend time learning about how we raise our calves to be the future of our dairy herd.
Our family hopes to see you at Breakfast on the Farm this Saturday, June 17th, at our farm on Lyle Young Road in East Montpelier. The event is free but please remember to reserve your tickets by visiting http://www.vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com.