HAMPSHIRE – Linda and Dale Drendel will open their Hampshire farmstead to the general public for a Dairy Breakfast and Farm Tour 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15.
The Drendels offer this opportunity to visit a farm to provide a better understanding of the origins of food, such as dairy products. “This Saturday morning family activity is meant to be enjoyed by all ages,” said Dale Drendel. “We welcome visitors and hope they see this as an opportunity to learn more about how we care for our animals and produce fresh and wholesome milk.”
One of the highlights of a visit to the farm, known as Lindale Holstein Farm, is watching some of the 150 dairy cows being milked in the milking parlor. The modern parlor accommodates 11 Holstein cows at a time and offers viewers an up-close look at the farm’s automation and the transfer of milk from the cow to the bulk tank. Milking demonstrations will occur from 6 to 9 a.m.
The visit also offers a tour of the barns to see the young dairy calves, heifers and cows. If you have never milked a cow before you will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to milk a cow by hand just like farmers used to do. And you’ll see all aspects of dairy production, from the feed used to the care taken by farmers to ensure their animals are comfortable and healthy.
Visitors also will see farm equipment used on the dairy and grain farm and sit on the seat of a modern tractor.
A hearty farm-style breakfast will be served complete with pancakes, sausage, applesauce, cheese, milk, coffee and ice cream from 6 to 11 a.m.
A donation of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10 will be collected at the farm. The price includes breakfast and the farm visit. Children 4 and younger are free.
The Dairy Breakfast and Farm Tour is sponsored by dairymen from DeKalb and Kane counties who are members of the Kishwaukee Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA).
The Drendel farm is at 15N057 Walker Road in Hampshire. Handicapped-accessible parking is available. To get to the farm from Sycamore, take Plank Road east of Route 23 to Burlington. Turn left on Walker Road for three miles. From Genoa, take Route 72 east to Walker Road and turn south.
For more information contact breakfast chairman Bill Lenschow at 815-895-9690 or visit www.lindaleholsteins.com.
Dairy Breakfast and Farm Tour
6-11 a.m. June 15
Lindale Holstein Farm
15N057 Walker Road, Hampshire
Adults $8, children 5 to 10 $5
815-895-9690 or www.lindale holsteins.com