It was not the celebratory year Salentine Homestead Farm in Luxemburg was planning for, but fourth-generation owner Josh Salentine says getting to this point is what is most important. The 400-plus cow dairy operation was to celebrate its Century Farm status by hosting the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm in June and be formally recognized at the Wisconsin State Fair on Tuesday before both events were canceled. He believes his great-grandparents and grandparents would marvel at the efficiency they have been able to develop to produce more crops and milk. Given the strife many dairy farms have faced in recent years, he is proud to carry on his family’s tradition.
Over 10,000 farms across Wisconsin have earned Century Farm status since the program was introduced in 1948. Salentine says he is excited for a second attempt at celebrating when it hosts the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm in 2022. Other Century Farms honored are listed below:
Door County—Beverly Knutson, North Bay Road Farms, Sister Bay
Kewaunee County—Glenn and Gloria Paplham, Living Trust, Kewaunee; Mary and Jim, Jenny and Josh Salentine, Salentine Homestead Dairy LLC, Luxemburg; Tammy and Wayne Selner, Kewaunee
Picture courtesy of the Kewaunee County Dairy Promotion Committee