Zak family to host Breakfast on the Farm

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The 2017 Oconto County celebration of June Dairy Month, Breakfast on the Farm, is scheduled for June 11 at Rockledge Farms near Lena. A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m., and breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Entertainment will be available for all ages, including live music, a petting zoo, children’s games and activities, and much more. All-you-can-eat breakfast is $8, $4 for kids 4-10, and 3 and under free.

Presale event tickets are available at Peshtigo National Bank’s Coleman, Gillett and Oconto Falls branches; N.E.W. Credit Union’s Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring branches; and Lena Fast Stop. Visit ocbotf.com or find Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm on Facebook.

Rockledge Farms is a family owned and operated dairy farm. The farm was originally purchased in 1948 by Francis and Susan Gilles. In 1957, while still in school, Leo and Dick Gilles began farming. Dick with his wife, Dolly, purchased the farm in 1965, and continued to grow the farm.

In December 2004, the farm was purchased by John and Katrina Zak. They grew the herd from 90 to 140 cows in 2013 with the building of a free-stall barn and the addition of hired help. The farm has grown over the years to 350 owned acres and 600 rented acres.

The family, along with some hired help, do all of their own fieldwork. They currently milk 130 cows in a double-six parlor, twice a day. The Zak Family prides themselves in producing quality milk with a low somatic cell count and high components by putting less stress on their dairy animals. Ultimately, John and Katrina manage their animals as their top farm priority. Milk is shipped through Mullins Cheese.

The Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm is coordinated by the Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm Committee and made possible with financial support provided by local businesses. To help support this event financially, contact Jordan Rank, committee chairman, at 920-598-0350.

Volunteers are needed for the 2017 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm. A minimum two-hour time commitment is requested, but you may volunteer as long as you would like during the day of the event. Each pre-registered volunteer will receive a complimentary volunteer breakfast ticket upon check-in.

Individuals and clubs interested in volunteering may contact Aprill Flores at 920-676-6136 or aprillflores83@gmail.com to sign up.