09/03: Interview – Twelfth Annual Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day

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Bring the entire family “back to the farm” and enjoy a free day of fun and learning about agriculture!

With many people being two or more generations removed from the farm, and with agriculture being such an important part of our everyday lives, we are inviting the entire community to come “back to the farm.” Farm-City Day is an opportunity for the public to see and tour a working farm. This event is aimed to educate our community on where and how our food is produced, showing how agriculture has evolved and progressed over the last 50 years.

Farm-City Day attendees will be able to tour the dairy farm on foot and on tractor driven wagons rides, with tour guides from the Chippewa Valley Technical College Agri-Science program. Attendees will also be able to interact with numerous agriculture educational displays and demonstrations, participate in kid’s activities and visit the petting zoo. Food will be available for purchase from Willing Workers 4-H Club. There will be many other special attractions at the event from participating vendors.

Each year Farm-City Day rotates the location of the event between Eau Claire, Chippewa and Dunn County to represent a variety of local farming operations in the Chippewa Valley. This year the event will be held at Denmark Dairy. Denmark Dairy was established in 1902 and is owned and operated by Dennis & Mary and Karl & Mandy Kragness. They have prioritized cow comfort and safety, and efficiency as their herd grew. In 2015 they implemented a complex sand separation system designed to reclaim over 90% of the sand and reuse it for bedding. They have constructed a mechanically ventilated barn for 400 cows and a calving center, as well as expanded the parlor to facilitate milking the cows three times a day. In 2019 Denmark Dairy purchased a 900 cow farm near Ridgeland and plan to use this facility for milking 1st lactation animals while using the Colfax farm for transition cows and 2nd and later lactation animals. Denmark Dairy currently milks 2,400 cows, farms over 4,500 acres, and has close to 40 employees which complete the majority of their own cropping, harvesting, and manure removal.

Join us Saturday, September 7th from 10 AM till 2 PM. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Farm-City Day committee chair Katie Wantoch via email at katie.wantoch@wisc.edu or the Extension Dunn County Office at (715) 232-1636. This event is generously supported by Chippewa Valley area businesses, agriculture groups, and many local volunteers. Feel free to visit our website, Facebook page and Instagram page for more information on this year’s event.

Directions to Denmark Dairy: Take exit 61 from Hwy 12/29 near Elk Mound and turn North onto Hwy 40. After 6 miles, turn left onto County Rd B for 2 miles. The address of the farm is: Denmark Dairy, E7455 County Rd B, Colfax, WI 54730

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