Every year in June dairy producers come together to celebrate dairy month. Here are some events worth checking out throughout the month.
Käsemeister Creamery Open House
June 1: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spink Colony is celebrating the opening of Käsemeister Creamery with an Open House at 18206 Spink Lane, Frankfort, South Dakota.
Everyone is welcome to tour the creamery, sample cheeses, and enjoy a free noon meal. At the open house, visitors will see how the creamery adds value to the existing dairy operation by making cheese and butter.
The name Käsemeister means “cheese master,” and currently the cheese is sold at the creamery’s retail shop, as well as a number of local grocery stores, with new retail locations being added daily. Because the milk for the creamery is sourced directly from the Spink Colony dairy, the resulting product is a true farmstead cheese. Each batch of cheese takes about five hours to make, and is then aged from three day to eight months.
Dairy Fest 2018
June 2: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Area dairy producers invite you to be their guest at the 2018 Dairy Fest Celebration, held at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. The event is free and open to the public. It is designed for all ages to learn about dairy.
Events include the Picowsa’s of the Central Plains art contest for 4-H, FFA and other students. The Got Milk Gala, happening May 30, features a five-course meal and locally produced. The Fork to Farm educational event during Dairy Fest teaches youth about dairy cows and how milk is turned into dairy products. Dairy Fest also includes a carnival, SDSU ice cream and tours of the university’s dairy plant and a Volga dairy farm. A leadership training will take place with Sue McCloskey and her husband Mike who founded Fairlife Milk.
Dairy Day at the Launch Pad Children’s Museum
Day Day at the Children’s Museum is going to be held in Sioux City.
The Children’s Museum is an interactive hands on museum and is home to a large exhibit focusing on agriculture and where your food comes from. More in depth experience is added for the dairy industry by having games and activities related to dairy and by bringing in baby calves for kids to see.
2018 June Dairy Open House
June 28: 4-8 p.m.
Summit Farms of Lester, Iowa, will host the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance’s open house. The farm is operated by Rodney Metzger and his family.
Guests will tour the dairy, enjoy a meal and dairy treats, and enjoy the kids’ activity tent. This is WIDA’s largest event of the year, expect over 1,500 people to attend.
The event is located at 1334 Dove Ave., Lester, Iowa 51242.