Jerseys made for a picturesque view as they headed down the lane toward the barn on the Sorenson Hillview Jersey Farm in Pine River, hosts of the Waushara County June Dairy Breakfast.
Photo By Carla Gunst
Over 3,000 attend Waushara County's dairy breakfast
Over 3,000 visitors attended the 25th annual Waushara County Dairy Breakfast on Sunday, June 24, where Jerseys were the main attraction at host farm Sorenson Hillview Jersey Farm, Pine River.
Activities included a petting zoo, live music, farm tours and a Little Farmer dress-up contest.
The farm is owned and operated by a family corporation consisting of Chris Sorenson and his brother, Steve, along with Chris' son Michael. The farm hosted the breakfast 15 years ago.
Chris and Steve's grandfather, George Sorensen, purchased the farm in 1929, starting with 12 Jerseys.
Today they milk 96 head of registered Jerseys, raising 96 head of young stock. They maintain a Rolling Herd Average of 18,500 pounds of milk, 890 pounds of butterfat and 680 pounds protein.
The Sorensons were the owners of the second Jersey cow in the world to produce over 2.000 pounds of butterfat in a lactation in 2002; about 20 cows in the herd today trace back to that record-setting cow.
They farm around 800 acres - 550 owned and 250 rented - of corn, soybeans, winter wheat and alfalfa.