Sweet treats, shared stories: Dairy community salutes veterans
Monday, July 17, 2017
Posted by: Lauren Brey
By Colleen Kottke, editor, Wisconsin State Farmer
Over dishes of ice cream, local farmers and military veterans at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King swapped stories of life on the farm.
Residents living at the state Veterans Home recalled bottling milk right on the dairy farm while others told of returning from WWII, marrying their sweetheart and settling down on a small farm, with a modest herd of 20 cows, a few hogs and chickens and 40 acres.
In turn, dairy farmers from across Waupaca County regaled the old-timers with stories on how technology has turned farming into a cutting-edge enterprise.
"Many of them including myself, started farming milking in buckets and carrying out our milk," said dairy farmer Jeff Trapp. "The bridge of technology in our lifetime can be compared to the Amish plowing with horses and yet the farm next door has robots milking their cows."
Trapp is a member of the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative (DBMMC), which spearheaded the June 24 event.
"Jeff had wanted to find a way to do something to showcase our vets during June Dairy Month. So we started calling around to local FFA chapters, the Waupaca Dairy Promotions people and folks at the Wisconsin Veterans Home to plan this event," said Scott Munes of DBMMC. "Most veterans in some shape or form are connected to agriculture somewhere in the past and might have questions they'd like to ask today's farmers about farming. And involving our FFA members from the Waupaca and Amherst FFA Chapters helps to showcase our future people in the ag industry."
Using locally produced ice cream donated by Trapp and the Feltz Family Dairy, farmers and FFA members served over 300 residents living in Ainsworth Hall, including Shirley (nee Walter) Cross who spent summers on her grandparents farm in Winnebago County.
About the event: DBMMC collaborated with members Jeff & Lorraine Trapp, Trapper’s Turn Dairy and other groups to host an ice cream social to celebrate June Dairy month and honor local veterans. DBMMC is proud to support dairy promotion events hosted and coordinated by members to share the story of the dairy community with customers.
Event volunteers included Jeff Trapp (center) and Scott Munes (right).