Gaylord Schultz and his family at the Schultz Dairy Farm located at 4462 County Rd DD in South Wayne will host the 40th Annual Lafayette County Dairy Breakfast on Saturday, June 11. The Schultz family hosted the Dairy Breakfast 25 years ago back in 1991. They invite everyone back to their family farm.
Gaylord, his four daughters, Traci (Nitin) Gantra, Amy (Mike) Schubert, Gina (Todd) Leonard and Valerie (Joel) Steinmann, and his 10 grandchildren have enjoyed past dairy breakfasts and were interested hosting this event.
Gaylord’s grandson, Noah Steinmann, decided to use the dairy breakfast as his senior project, which is a requirement for graduation. Noah, a junior at Barneveld High School, is interested in farming after high school.
“We have to have 20 hours of community service or give back to the community somehow. Grandpa was talking about having the dairy breakfast again and I thought it was a good idea,” Noah commented.
He is hoping to go on to UW Madison after graduating and enroll in short course majoring in mechanics.
Gaylord purchased the farm December 6, 1965. They always had cattle but had some hogs and sheep for a couple of years.
“The sheep were lambing when the cows were calving so we were going to get rid of them,” Gaylord stated. So when the tornado hit in 1967, it knocked down all the buildings and they got rid of the hogs and sheep and concentrated more on cattle.
The farm has always been a small operation, starting out with just 40 head of Holstein dairy cattle. The Schultzs now own two farms, the one of County Road DD and another on Wayne Center Road, not too far from the home farm.
“All together, we probably have about 70. There are less cows on the other farm,” Gaylord mentioned. They also have around 500 acres of cropland between both farms.
His oldest grandson, Koel Steinmann has been helping take care of the cattle on the home farm. Gaylord hopes that Noah will be able to take over on the other farm some day.
Gaylord mentioned he was excited to see the dairy breakfast back at his farm. He said he hasn’t done much of the planning because it has been up to Noah and the Lafayette County Dairy Promotion Committee.
He also commented how the place is not that much different from when they had the breakfast 25 years ago. “I’m a lot older and I’ve got better help now,” he joked. He can remember, after it was all over and everything was cleaned up, he went into the basement and being so tired from the set up and take down “just crashed”.
The breakfast will run from 6:30-10:30 a.m. and will feature a menu of scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, sausage links, cheese, donuts, pudding, milk, juice, coffee, and ice cream.
The Black Hawk FFA will be having a petting zoo and some of the 4-H clubs in the area will be helping with a pedal tractor pull along other activities throughout the farm
Cost for adults is $4, children under 10 is $2 and preschool aged children are free.