Everyone is invited to tour and taste Wisconsin's state-of-the-art dairy industry in the Green Bay area on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 10:30 a.m-3:00 p.m.
It's a day designed strictly for education and enlightenment - a chance for federal and state legislators, city and township leaders and county officials to gain a hands-on look at today's modern dairy farming and high-value cheesemaking.
This tour is organized and supported by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and Dairy Business Association.
Here's an overview of events on August 22:
10:30 a.m. - Gather at and tour BelGioioso Cheese, 4200 Main St., Green Bay (Town of Ledgeview)
11:30 a.m. - Cheese tasting and lunch at BelGioioso Cheese
1 p.m. - Travel 20 miles to Country Aire Dairy Farm, 1440 Lamers Clancy Rd, Greenleaf, WI
1:30 p.m. - Tours begin at the farm
3 p.m.. - The Dairy Field Day is complete
BelGioioso Cheese has grown to become Wisconsin's most successful branded specialty cheese company, the brainchild of Errico Auricchio and his talented team. In 2010, BelGioioso christened its new headquarters and cheese cutting and distribution center in the Town of Ledgeview, a 200,000 square foot plant built to support swift growth for the company's signature Italian Specialty cheeses including Fresh Mozzarella, Parmesan, Asiago, Romano and Gorgonzola.
Country Aire Farms
This modern dairy farm, south of Greenleaf, has grown alongside the Gerrits family.
The farm was established in the early 1900s by Edward Gerrits Sr. and Budd Gerrits purchased the farm from his father and expanded Country Aire to 200 cows in 1971.
In 1985, sons Mike and Tom decided to join Budd in the dairy operations.
Since then, Country Aire has grown to 3,000 milk cows, 3,000 heifers, and nearly 5,000 acres. Country Aire is a proud advocate for the dairy industry, hosting the 2003 Breakfast on the Farm and 2008 Farm Technology Days. Today a 5th generation of Gerrits are working on the farm.
Wisconsin's dairy industry is a $26 billion economic engine that drives our state economy, yet many Wisconsinites haven't had the opportunity to see a dairy farm or cheese processing plant up close.
Jobs, food production and energy will drive policy debates throughout this decade and organizers believe the dairy industry, from cow to consumer, is uniquely positioned to contribute to Wisconsin's long-term economic success.
Interested in joining this Dairy Field Day?
Those interested should RSVP by Aug. 16 by contacting Dawn Roe at Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association in Madison. Call 1-800-999-2454 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete details will be sent upon registration.