IDP Summer Tour RecapOn June 5-6, Indiana Dairy Producers took a bus full of IDP members to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Click here to view pictures of the tour.
Our first stop was to Stewart-Peterson's headquarters in West Bend, Wisconsin. What a terrific welcome we received! Scott Stewart and Randy Niemann were there with many of their Market 360 dairy team. Matt presented information on dairy trends, and they answered our questions and fed us a delicious lunch.
Our next stop was to Soaring Eagle Dairy in Newton, Wisconsin. We heard how Jim Fitzgerald turned a 60-cow tie stall barn into an 1100-cow facility, managed by Jim and his 3 daughters, Kelly, Julie and Stacy. After that, we went to John Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, WI. This large-scale operation started with a handful of cows and John's father, and now they milk around 5000 cows with a carousel rotary parlor.
An evening banquet was enjoyed by all, and we were inspired by Dr. Lance Fox's experience climbing Mount Everest. The next morning, we visited American Foods beef slaughter plant (see article below), followed by tours of Calf Source's 9000 head calf-raising facility. This was probably the largest calf raising facility any of us had ever seen, and the calves were incredibly healthy and well-cared for. Manuel and Miguel gave us a terrific tour and answered our questions.