A Closer Look: Jereczek Homestead Dairy

Written by Melissa Gleinser
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Quality is a central component in the operation of Jereczek Homestead Dairy in Dodge, Wis. It is something the owner, Ken, takes great pride in. He knows that if he takes care of his 180 cows, they will work hard and perform well. He is always looking to improve the herd by staying on top of genetics and technology. From automatic calf feeders to new bunkers, the dairy continues to evolve and prepare for the next generation of owners.

1873

The year Jereczek Homestead Dairy was founded.

“My great grandfather, Jacob Jereczek, moved to the area in the early 1860s from Poland. After moving back from Canada after the Civil War, he purchased three small farms with his sons. We were one of the first families to settle in Dodge, Wis.”

700

Acres of working land.

“Currently the farm grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa. In addition to growing crops, we earned a 2013 Constructive Breeder Award in the United States for our registered Ayrshires.”

6

Generations farming.

“Our family takes pride in passing down our farm through generations. Being one of the two farms left in the area, it is important to me to be able to continue the dairying tradition with my family.”

2006

The year a freestall barn was added.

“Cow comfort is central to our farm. We added a new freestall barn in 2006 to keep our cows from overcrowding and to make sure they had space to stay comfortable as we grew our dairy.”

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