Breakfast on the Farm is Saturday
LISMORE -- Watch a drone demonstration, tour a cattle feedlot, cheer on the children in pedal pull competitions and feed your belly with some delicious Chris' Cakes pancakes or grilled burgers this Saturday during Nobles County's Breakfast on the...
LISMORE - Watch a drone demonstration, tour a cattle feedlot, cheer on the children in pedal pull competitions and feed your belly with some delicious Chris’ Cakes pancakes or grilled burgers this Saturday during Nobles County’s Breakfast on the Farm.
Brothers Brad and Jeff Lynn, along with their wives, Brenda and Denise, are hosting the Nobles County Farm Bureau event on their rural Lismore farm, with members of the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen, Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers and Rock County Farm Bureau all lending a hand to help educate the public about agriculture.
Breakfast on the Farm gives the local agriculture industry an opportunity to share the farming experience with the general public. As more families have a disconnect with agriculture, the goal of commodity organizations is to share with the public - the consumers - information about where their food comes from, how it is grown or raised and how farmers work to protect their livelihood.
Russ Penning, president of the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen and last year’s host of Breakfast on the Farm, said Saturday’s event will include information from beef nutritionists, veterinarians and agronomists in a question-and-answer format with visitors.
“(They’re) basically going to talk about the practices and procedures and why we do what we do,” Penning said. “The agronomists are going to have some of the different chemicals they use measured out to show the actual amount used per acre.
“After we (hosted the event) last year, I didn’t realize there were that many people this close to home that didn’t have a clue (about farming),” Penning said.
Haywagons will be used to provide tours around the facilities, with different stops along the route for demonstrations. A shop on the farm will house tables for dining, with free pancakes and sausage served from 9 a.m. to noon, and free hamburgers and chips served from noon to 2 p.m.
Additionally, kids’ pedal events will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and an ag cab lab will also be present.
The Lynn brothers grew up in a diversified farming operation and today work in partnership to produce corn, soybeans, beef and pork. Jeff’s son, Nick, and Brad’s sons, Mitchell, Nate and Tony, are all involved in the family business.
They raise Holstein steers, bringing them in from New Mexico and feeding to a finishing weight on several different farms.
“Nate and Tony are in the process of trying to start a cow-calf herd,” noted Brad. “We do have a few colored cattle around as well.”
Their hog operation is wean to finish, with the Lynns doing all of their own grinding, mixing and delivery with an onsite feed mill.
“All of the corn we raise is fed back to our livestock,” said Brad. “We do silage and earlage, and the balance is combined for dry corn for hogs and cattle.”
The Lynns do all of their own trucking, hauling in distiller’s dry grain and soybean meal for livestock feed from area ethanol plants and Minnesota Soybean Processors. They also haul the weaned pigs and young cattle in for finishing, and haul them out for market. At this time, most of their cattle is marketed to a JBS beef plant in Green Bay, Wis., while a majority of the pigs are marketed to the JBS pork processing facility in Worthington.
Visitors will get to see some of the Lynns’ cattle facilities, but with biosecurity, there will not be tours of the pork confinements.
Breakfast on the Farm is free and open to everyone. Free bus transportation will also be provided, with one departure from the Walmart parking lot in Worthington at 9 a.m., and one departure from the Rock County Highway Department parking lot at 10:30 a.m.
There is ample parking onsite for those who wish to drive to the event. The Lynn farm is located at 17717 Bulick Ave., Lismore. Directions: Take Nobles County 16 two miles west of Lismore, then turn south on Bulick Avenue and go approximately one mile.