Trempealeau County Dairy Breakfast returns
Originally slated as a drive-through event, the the Maliszewski Family will host the 40th Annual Trempealeau County Dairy Breakfast on June 12 in the traditional way as a part of the month-long celebration for June Dairy Month.
Maliszewski Dairy began in 1960 with the purchase of the original 176-acre farm by Arnold and Marie Maliszewski. It included a 26-cow stanchion barn, hog barn and a chicken coop.
Their son, Ed, financially invested into the farm operation in 1979, married Debbie [Micek] a few years later and started a family soon after. In 1988 a new freestall barn was built with a double-eight herringbone parlor, which is still in operation today.
In 1990, Ed and Debbie became sole owners of the farm. It included 252 cows, supporting young stock and 404 acres. Over the next 20 years, additional farms were purchased and crop acres rented for today’s total of 2100 crop acres.
Maliszewski Dairy would not be where it is today if not for Ed’s continuous and relentless hard work. He is very active in the daily operations; his grit and grind are apparent in the farm’s success. Darin was struck at a young age by Ed’s passion and drive and joined the operation in 2005. Darin and his wife Andrea [Nelson] are committed to teaching their children — Estelle (7) and Camden (3) — the value of hard work.
Major growth to Maliszewski Dairy came in 2015. The farm began milking with eight DeLaval robots (each with a mini-herd averaging 2.8 milkings per day per cow). An automated calf-feeding facility allowed for more frequent and smaller feedings that support optimized growth. A new forage storage facility was built with a 21,000-ton feed capacity. All of this has allowed the farm to grow to its present size of 730 cows and 900 supporting livestock.
As farming has progressed over three generations, so has technology. With tighter margins, the Malizewskis have utilized technology to minimize waste and maximize productivity without increasing labor (the use of GPS, auto-steer guidance, variable-rate plant populations and manure applications, for examples).
Maliszewski Dairy started as a family farm and remains a family farm. Ed, Darin, many employees and partners are responsible for the operation’s success.
Debbie will always be remembered for her tireless and passionate work that has set the standard for the education and promotion of today’s dairy industry.
A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served on the Maliszewski’s dairy farm, four miles north of Arcadia on Highway 93 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 -12, 5 and under is free.
Attendees can also enjoy music by the silver edition band, machinery displays, complimentary ice cream treats, cheese curds from the Trempealeau County Fair Fry Shack and milkshakes from Trempealeau County Farm Bureau. Wagon farm tours will be provided throughout the morning.
Trempealeau County Dairy Ambassador Kendra Goplin will crown the 2021 Trempealeau Dairy Ambassador at 10:30 a.m.