By Marv Kohlbeck
PITTSVILLE — Although the birthplace of the June Dairy Month is unknown, the first June Dairy Month celebration in the USA was held in 1937. Then called National Milk Month, it was implemented as a means of encouraging greater milk consumption when spring pasturing and calving dramatically increased production and resulted in a surplus of milk.
The dairy state of Wisconsin continues the tradition as many organizations, farms, and communities extend welcome messages to the public to attend a dairy breakfast, generally hosted on a dairy farm. The farm-city approach is a means of the farm family inviting the public to view the farm operation, visit with friends, make new friends, and enjoy a breakfast.
The Pittsville community is no different, and this will be the 34th year that a dairy breakfast will be held in the Pittsville area. The host farm family will be Ryan and Tonya Wayerski along with their children Mackayla, Riley, Landyn, and Taryn. Their modern farmstead, Wayerski Dairy LLC, is located at 5410 County Highway X.
Ryan’s parents, Bruce and Theresa, hosted the dairy breakfast years ago, and in 1999 Ryan’s family joined his parents in the farm operation. They presently milk about 230 cows, farm roughly 700 acres, and tend to 225 young stock.
Providing the volunteer help in hosting the dairy breakfast will be the Pittsville FFA Alumni, the Pittsville FFA Chapter, and the Pleasant Corners 4-H Club. A breakfast of pancakes, potato pancakes, sausage, ham and eggs, cranberry bread, ice cream, cheese, butter, cranberry juice, and milk will be served from 7-11 a.m. on June 17 for a price of $6 per adult, $3 for 5- to 12-year-olds, and children 4K and under are free.
There will be plenty of free parking and an opportunity to view the livestock, buildings, machinery, and crops. The Pleasant Corners 4-H will also be offering a variety of activities for children of all ages.