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Facebook CEO's WI visit: farms, raw milk, brats & curds

James B. Nelson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles at South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as they walk into the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center during a surprise visit to South Bend, Ind., Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Wisconsin Sunday and hit some Dairy State highlights, including a farm visit, a taste of raw milk and a stop for brats and cheese curds.

Zuckerberg visited a family farm in Blanchardville, about 50 miles southwest of Madison. In his posts to his 89 million followers about the visit — part of his efforts to hit all 50 states — he notes the hard-working life of the farm operators, Jed and Rona Gant, who raise dairy and beef cattle.

"The family is incredibly disciplined," Zuckerberg wrote. "Everyone works daylight to dark, seven days a week."

He said that the visit to the Gants came from a staff member's recommendation.

"Someone on my team who helps me plan these trips knew someone who had visited them before. Normally we just brainstorm a bunch of ideas for people to talk to ahead of time and then when we get to a place we do a mix of planned and spontaneous stuff."

Mark Zuckerberg visited with the Gant family on their farm in Blanchardville over the weekend and posted this photo to his Facebook page.

Zuckerberg logged "a bunch of firsts" during the afternoon visit.

"First time feeding a calf, first time trying unpasteurized milk straight from a cow, first time driving a 70-year old tractor."

Of the raw milk, he said: "It was delicious."

He also hit State Street Brats in Madison and posted a picture of himself enjoying a brat and cheese curds.

"I basically inhaled the first brat and cheese curds before remembering I should take a photo to thank you all for telling me to come here, so then I ordered this second brat. I do not regret it."