By the time Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is held in Dane County in 2015, the host farm will be showcased as the quintessential state dairy operation — 21st century style.
The Statz Brothers Farm, which was announced as the host farm at a Monday press conference, is expecting to be milking around 4,000 Holsteins and running 5,500 acres of corn, soybeans, forage and small grains when the prestigious, three-day event begins on the town of Sun Prairie site on Aug. 25, 2015.
Also, it already owns the county’s first manure digester and will add more state-of-the-art equipment needed for a growing business that includes three generations of farmers from two families and 75 full-time employees.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the Statz farm exemplifies how dairy farming in Wisconsin and Dane County has shed its image as small, single-family operations by dotting the rural landscape with multi-family businesses and high ecological standards.
“They reflect what makes Dane County farms so special. They are the perfect family to host Farm Technology Days,” Parisi said.
Farm Technology Days spotlights the latest developments in production agriculture, including practical applications and recent research and technological developments. It’s one of the largest agricultural shows in the state each year and attracts more than 60,000 attendees and more than 600 commercial and educational vendors.
The Highway VV site, which is one of three owned by the Statz Brothers Farm, was picked over 14 other potential sites located in all four quadrants of the county, according to Bob Wipperfurth, chairman of the Dane County Farm Technology Days executive committee. He said the Statz farm stood out for its accessibility to major highways, quality of land and its leadership in agriculture.
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Source: Wisconsin State Journal