Lely is a proud sponsor of Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm! We invite you and your family to join others for a great breakfast, learning and fun on the farm Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Lely “family member,” Groetsch Dairy near Albany, Minn.
There’s something fun for everyone at Breakfast on the Farm. They will have guided tours of the farm, an obstacle course for children, a petting zoo full of baby farm animals, horse-drawn wagon rides, and, most importantly, a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from.
Meet Groetsch Dairy
Steve and Lisa purchased their farm from Steve’s parents, Clarence and Rita, in 1989. They started with 47 cows. In 1997, a freestall barn and parlor were built to replace the dairy barn that was built in 1902. The new facility allowed them to grow to 180 cows. Between 1999 and 2009 several other buildings were replaced or added; including a new calf barn in 2001 with a Calm automatic calf feeder, which was added in 2009. In 2011, with an addition on the freestall barn, four Lely Astronaut robotic milkers and a two stage manure lagoon were added. They now milk 240 cows in a facility that runs 24/7.
Groetsch Dairy has 10 part-time employees which include Steve and Lisa’s three children: Jennifer, Matthew and Katelyn. Jennifer is attending UW River Falls for Dairy Science/Pre-Vet, Matthew is attending Alex Tech for Carpentry, and Katelyn is a junior at Albany High School. Employees have a variety of tasks; caring for the cows in the freestall barn, caring for calves, field work, feeding cows, bookkeeping, and general farm tasks.
We look forward to seeing you Saturday, June 1, at Groetsch Dairy!
For more about Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm, including directions to the farm, visit www.stearnsfarmbreakfast.com.