Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Gregory dairy farm, near Pearl Lake, is usually a busy operation, milking 325 cows twice a day, every day.
But Saturday, June 5, their farm was especially busy. You see, Stearns County invited everyone to their annual "Breakfast on the Farm" event, and this year it was at the Gregory farm.
More than 1,300 people were served breakfast by a hard-working and efficient crew (otherwise known as the Kimball Lions). There may have been more people who just came to tour the successful dairy farm.
Tours were provided of the farm, in particular the milking parlor, calf barn, machine shed, feed area and granaries. They also included a variety of things to do, many of them for kids, including eating breakfast, having a photo taken with a newborn calf, visiting the maternity barn and calf nursery, watching a movie of the birth of a calf (and some visitors got to witness the real thing that day), ice cream with a Dairy Princess, coloring, petting zoo, and ag exhibitors.
The Gregory farm, known as Mill Creek Dairy, has 325 cows milked twice each day, in addition to pregnant cows, calves, and heifers. They also farm 700 acres, growing corn and alfalfa to feed the herd.
Tom and Donna Gregory and Ed Gregory (Tom's brother) jointly own the farm. They have been partners since 1997 when they expanded the farm, from 80 to 325 cows.
Work is divided at Mill Creek Dairy. Tom is in charge of the "maternity ward" and calving. Ed is in charge of feeding, making sure each animal gets the proper nutrition for a healthy and productive life. Tom's son Nick works full-time at the dairy, and he is the chief mechanic in addition to feeding the young calves. Myron Schmitz is the dairy's herdsperson, in charge of herd health and keeps track of breeding.
This was a great opportunity for hundreds of people to come out and see a working and successful dairy farm.
You may remember that Mill Creek Dairy received the 2008 Stearns County Conservationist of the Year award. In part, they received this award for successfully resolving in 1997 a feedlot runoff problem, and planting 23 acres in native grasses and wildflowers in the Conservation Reserve Program. They have continued to make modifications over the years to have an effective and productive farm while protecting and conserving natural resources.
Thanks, Mill Creek Dairy and the Gregory family, for opening up your operations to the public and sharing with us.