Volunteers with the Dodge County Dairy Promotion committee with help from 4-Hers and their families served 1,650 people Sunday, June 22, at the annual dairy brunch, hosted by the Peters family in Neosho.
The Peters family discontinued milking cows in January this year, but they are still very much a part of the agriculture industry.
Gov. Scott Walker assisted in the effort, serving eggs to the visitors for about an hour before moving on to look at the antique tractors on display, visit with guests and pose for pictures with families. Sheriff Pat Ninmann also took a turn serving food to the guests.
The host family, Ted and Ann Peters and their children Ashley, Adam, Alex, A.J. and Alyssa were on hand to greet guests and pose for pictures with the governor.
They raise about 60 Holstein and beef steers and also raise 50 dairy heifers. The family also raises crops on 300 acres.
Both Ted and Ann have been involved in the dairy industry all their lives. Ted grew up in the Hartford area, working for a neighbor, Ned Lepien, when he was in high school. After high school, he started dairying on halves with the Lepiens, and in 1988, the Peters bought out Lepien's half of the herd and started out on their own on a rented farm.
In 1991, they bought their current farm where they milked 55 cows until earlier this year.
In addition to raising the livestock and cropping the land, Ted has now works again for the Lepien family. Ann works in the food service department of Erin School.
Their oldest daughter, Ashley, is a student at the University of Wisconsin West Bend campus, studying to be a nurse. She also works as a CAN at Cedar Communities near West Bend.
Andrew, 19, is studying to be a physical therapist at UW-Oshkosh.
Alex will be a senior at Hartford High School and plans to join the military after high school.
A.J. (Anthony) is 14 and will be a freshman at Hartford High School. He has an interest in continuing the farming operation and currently owns some of the steers on the farm.
Alyssa, 11, will be in the sixth grade at Neosho school.
All five of the children enjoy helping on the farm, and they say the experience they gained from sharing in responsibilities on the farm will stay with them the rest of their lives, even if they are not directly involved in farming.
The family has always had an interest in sharing the story of agriculture with the non-farming public. They hosted the Dodge County Farm City Day two times – in 2006 and again in 2011.
Darlene Miller, secretary of the Dairy Promotion Committee, said the weather was good for the event, but the biggest challenge at this year's event was providing off-site parking for visitors. The rain the week prior to the event made it impossible to park on the fields around the farm as had been planned earlier.
The committee provided buses that picked up visitors at Saylesville School and the County highway shop at Neosho. The county D-Cert traffic control volunteers were on hand to direct traffic on the busy highway.