|Thousands and thousands of pancakes, eggs and containers of milk were served to a huge crowd that turned out Sunday for the Breakfast on the Farm program at Nagel dairy operation at highways B an V.|
The crowd not only dined on scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausages, cheesy hashbrowns and an assortment of dairy products, they listened to music and lined up for wagons tours of the farm.
The Nagel family had plenty to show on that tour.
They raise all of their own forage on about 2,000 acres of land, maintain and feed about 1,275 head of livestock and currently have 700 in the milking rotation.
The milking parlor, which is usually a very busy site on the farm, was even a bit more hectic Sunday with visitors filing in and out and the dairy cattle doing what they do best — providing milk for the Nagel operations.
They provide plenty of milk. Every 18 hours, a tanker truck is filled and heads off to the processing plant. And then the other tanker, parked under a canopy on the new milk house, starts filling.
The Nagels have been at the corner of B and V since 1966 when John and Shirley arrived here from Central City, Iowa, and launched a 30-cow operation. Of course, over the decades things have changed dramatically and while the couple continued to expand, it came with a blast starting in 1998 when their son, Jason, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with an animal science degree.
The dairy has 15 full-time employees and depending on the season and demands, the part-time numbers can change.
Everyone was on hand Sunday for the breakfast, and they were joined by dozens and dozens of volunteers for a great breakfast, plenty of fun and a true learning experience.
Carlene and Jason Nagel and their children, Carson and Lily in the milking parlor during the Dairy Breakfast program Sunday at the family's farm.