You have always been able to find dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties squeeze a little more out of their operations aside from milking cows. Ebert Enterprises in Algoma, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, Kinnard Farms in Casco, and Brey Cycle Farm in Sturgeon Bay are among the stops on the Professional Dairy Producers Value Added Dairy Tours on Wednesday and Thursday which will show other operators how to better diversify the products they are able to produce. Ebert Enterprises and Brey Cycle Farm have added beef production to their repertoire over the last few years while Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy continues to make their own farmstead cheese. Renewable energy production has also provided a revenue stream for operators like Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy and Kinnard Farms as well as another useful way to handle cow manure. Brey Cycle Farm owner Tony Brey says dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties have always found ways to diversify their offerings as a way to weather the uncertain nature of commodity pricing.
Milk prices have fluctuated over the last few years, bringing more importance to value-added products that farmers can provide to offset months where they cannot produce a profit. Rising production costs have offset the increase in milk prices in some cases.
Picture courtesy of Brey Family Beef