The public is invited to enjoy Breakfast on the Farm, Saturday, June 24, held from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Iowa’s Dairy Center in northeast Iowa, south of Calmar located at 1527 Highway 150 S., Calmar, Iowa.
Breakfast on the Farm will be held rain or shine. Donations are accepted the day of the event and parking is available on-site.
Organizers will serve a wholesome breakfast complete with Dad’s Belgian Waffles, sausage and delicious dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream – all locally-produced and processed.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the farm and there will be activities for all ages, including hand-milking a cow, a petting zoo, story time with a local dairy princess, cow inflatables and educational exhibits.
“The open houses help give everyone a better understanding of the principles and practices we use on modern dairies, including animal wellbeing, environmental care and product quality and safety,” said Gail Carpenter, state dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Dairy is the fifth-largest agricultural business in Iowa, generating $5.6 billion a year in economic activity from farming to dairy processing, supplying 22,000 jobs with a labor income of $891 million. The annual economic impact of a single dairy cow is more than $25,400 per cow.