The home of Mike and Tammy Stadick in rural New Ulm has been a busy place as the family prepares to host the annual Brown County Holstein Twilight meeting on Tuesday, July 23.
That evening about 200 local residents are expected to attend the yearly event sponsored by the Brown County Holstein Association.
The free event begins at 7 p.m., at which time lunch will be served. Throughout the evening, hayrides, cattle judging and live entertainment by Johnny Helget and Tom Wheeler are planned.
The Stadicks will provide some of the animals to be judged in several classes.
“We are going to pick some cows out of the barn and clean them up a little bit and have them judged as well,” Mike said. “They will be in a stall and people can take a look at them.”
The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter will be on hand to score the entries and hand out prizes.
In addition, Dairy Princesses, Molly Lax and Kaitlyn Johnson, as well as the Dairy Ambassadors, will be present at the Twilight meeting to introduce themselves and hand out dairy products.
“This meeting is really to promote the dairy industry,” Mike said. “It gives people a chance to see where the cows live and how they are taken care of and for friends and neighbors to get together and catch up on things.”
Mike and his wife, Tammy, and their two sons, Jake, 18, and Nick, 15, milk a herd of 120 Holsteins with some cross bred Brown Swiss. They milk twice daily in a swing 12 parlor.
Jake will be attending South Dakota State University this fall to study dairy science. Nick will be a sophomore at New Ulm Cathedral.
The farm has been in the family since 1931, when Mike’s grandfather purchased it. Recently the family built a free stall barn bedded with sand to replace a collection of older buildings.
In addition, last year the family built a manure collection stacking slab designed by the NRCS to be more environmentally friendly and to have a better system for storing manure and controlling runoff.
Brad Schneider also helps with milking every morning and evening and on occasions when the family is gone.
The barns will be open during the Twilight meeting for the public to walk around and take a look. Mike and his family will be on hand to answer any questions.
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For more information about the Twilight meeting, call John Rosenhammer at 794-3612.