Daane Dairy to host FDL County Breakfast on the Farm

Sarah Razner
Farming has been in the Daane family, pictured here, since 1980, when Ron Daane opened his farm.

BRANDON - Daane Dairy, LLC, will host the Fond du Lac County Breakfast on the Farm from 8 a.m. to noon on June 25 at W11729 Hemp Road, Brandon. 

Daane Dairy opened its doors 20 years in 1997 — however, the family’s history with farming did not begin there. Instead, it goes back nearly 20 years earlier to 1980 when Ron Daane began farming.  

Stationed just outside of Waupun on State 49, the business, which focused on cows, quickly evolved into one that came to include the entire family, with mother Helene, and the children, Dusty, Dee Dee, Missy and Clay pitching in. 

“We grew up doing it,” said Dusty Daane. 

A fire struck the family’s barn in 1996, leading to change in location. While they milked and raised their many cows in another, temporary barn, they bought a new site, where they built their current one from scratch. 

Today, settled on an expanse of green land, Daane Dairy  and its cattle barns are home to over 600 cows. Here, cows are milked for 21 hours a day, each being milked multiple times, with the product sold to Saputo Cheese. 

Now an adult, Dusty still enjoys the family aspect of farming that he was raised with. 

“I enjoy working with my brother and sister,” he said of what likes most about farming, along with being in the outdoors. 

The family will share this passion when they put their farm on the display at the Fond du Lac County Breakfast on the Farm. 

Organized by the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce’s Agri-Business Council, the Fond du Lac County Breakfast on the Farm is an annual event held not only in Fond du Lac County, but throughout the state to celebrate June Dairy Month and the importance agriculture plays in local economies.

Daane Dairy, LLC, will be the host of this year's Fond du Lac County Breakfast on the Farm on June 25.

“The dairy industry in Wisconsin impacts the economy in a lot more than what some people realize,” said Dusty. “It provides a lot of jobs.”

In recognition of this, more than 70 farms across the state will hold breakfasts, according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.  

As one of those farms, Daane Dairy has been collaborating with the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Agri-Business Council since being approached to host last year in preparation for the event. Of primary focus has been the country-style breakfast itself. Ready for 4,000 people to visit, the menu will consist of scrambled eggs, eggs with ham and cheese, mushrooms, sausage, watermelon, donut holes, coffee milk and Culver’s ice cream sundaes. 

As visitors take a walk around the farm, they will learn what goes into the day-to-day operations of Daane Dairy, LLC, seeing cows, farming equipment, antique tractors, and, as Dusty is a member of tractor pulling groups, pulling tractors. In the farm’s parlor area, people will have the opportunity to see workers milking cows. Attendees will learn about nutrition and cow health in the barn, and near the compost, workers will explain the farm’s compost system and how the farm’s manure becomes bedding through the process. Scarlett, a wooden cow, will be on hand to teach participants how to milk. 

Daane Dairy, LLC, is the home to 600 cows. Breakfast on the Farm attendees will have the opportunity to see them milked on June 25.

In addition to tours and educational opportunities, activities will be available for those of all ages. Children will have the opportunity to pull their own tractor in the Alliant Energy Foundation Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, as well as interact with animals in the petting zoo. A clown, face painting and a sand pile will also be available children to enjoy. As live music fills the air, visitors can sample cheeses as well as take part in the School Cow Parade Contest, an event for which local schools have decorated cows to be displayed and voted on at the event. 

It is through this breakfast that the Daane Dairy hopes to educate the public on their work.  

If you go:

The Fond du Lac County Breakfast on the Farm will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 25 at Daane Dairy, LLC, W11729 Hemp Road, Brandon.

Admission is charged, with children age 5 and younger being free. Tickets can be purchased in advanced for a reduced price at the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce, 207 N. Main St., Fond du Lac, as well as at many local banks. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

For more information about the Fond du Lac County Breakfast on the Farm, contact the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Agri-Business Council at fdlac.com or call 920-921-9500.