Welcome to Kewaunee County
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2017
Hosted in Kewaunee County at Ebert Enterprises – July 11-13, 2017
E5083 County Road K
Algoma, WI 54201
Admission: $8.00 (Children 12 and under FREE)
Welcome to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2017!
July 11-13, 2017
The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. Each year, it is held in a different Wisconsin county – on a different host family farm.
Kewaunee County is excited to be hosting the 2017 Farm Technology Days. Kewaunee has diverse agriculture which provides 2,058 jobs, about 20.7% of the county’s workforce and contributes $423.9 million in economic activity, more than 25% of the county’s total economic activity. The county has more than 176,735 acres, or 81%, used as farming ground. This includes cropland, rangeland, pasture, tree farms, and farm forests. Sales of Christmas trees, fruits and vegetables, greenhouse, nursery and floriculture add strong agriculture impact totaling $2.1 million per year. Leading the list of agriculture impact is milk at $190 million per year followed by grain at $33.95 million per year.
Agriculture in the county is extremely diverse, and in addition to dairy and grain, includes a wide range of livestock and horticultural crops. The direct marketing of vegetables, meat and poultry, cheese, and fruits is a rapidly growing segment of Kewaunee agriculture.
As one of this country’s leading horsemen and clinicians, Chris Cox has spent a lifetime learning from the greatest teachers of all, the horse. Raised on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Australia, Chris has had opportunities that most horsemen of this day and age will never experience. With only horses for transportation, and a cattle ranch as his life, Chris learned at an early age how to appreciate the abilities and tradition of the great men and horses around him.
With his practical, straightforward approach, Chris teaches horse people how to get results. Influenced in his early years by both the English and Western traditions, he has implemented a proven style and technique that can be applied universally across all disciplines.
Chris has been conducting clinics and demonstrations for over 28 years. While teaching the principles and methods behind his authentic horsemanship, Chris has also become a successful trainer/breeder and major competitor in the cutting horse world and also competes in Reined Cow Horse events and team roping when his schedule allows. As a four time undefeated Road to the Horse World Champion he continues to travel the world spreading his message. In 2015, Chris had the honor of being inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Chris has dedicated his life to teaching horsemen and women in the hope that they will come to understand and appreciate horses in their lives. Chris Cox demonstrates, with dedication and a mutual respect, to achieve a versatile and willing partnership between horse and human.
Thank you to our sponsors!
- Algoma Community Band
- Baumann Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
- Bay Tek Games
- CTI Hospitality, Inc.
- Rock River Lab
- Kewaunee County Holstein Breeders
- Matt's Services, LLC
- McMahon's of Luxemburg
- Wrightstown Mfg. Co.,Inc.
- The Precision Way
- Treml Repair and Implement Co., LLC
- Walters Do-It-Best Hardware
- Friends of the Ahnapee
Meet your host family for Farm Technology Days 2017!
Sixth generation farmer Randy Ebert and his wife Renee started out raising heifers and crops after purchasing the farm from Randy's parents in 1987.
"I knew I wanted to farm," said Randy.
The Ebert's goal is to take pride in producing quality food in an environmentally safe and profitable fashion.
Randy and Renee have three children, Jordan, 21, and twins Whitney and Britney, 19. They work with 40 full-time and 15 part-time valued employees.
The Ebert family started milking cows in 1997 and grew from zero to 1,000 animals in five years. From 2002 – 2012, they doubled in size through internal growth, and in 2012 acquired a neighboring farm that increased the farm to the current size of 3,000 cows, milking twice a day.
Corn, alfalfa, sorghum, triticale and small grains are grown on nearly 5,500 acres, of which about 20 percent is double cropped. All animals are raised on the farm. They are currently breeding the bottom 25 percent of the dairy herd to Angus for beef. Ebert's will be generously donating all the beef to be served to attendees during the three-day show and are working with a local butcher to prepare it.
The farm is undergoing a variety of renovations and upgrades in preparation for the 2017 show. Already in progress is a new, 80-stall rotary parlor that will allow all cows to be milked three times a day with less staff, and allowing the old parlor to be used for fresh cows. The feed center is being relocated, and they are in the process of implementing a new manure handling system.
The manure system updates will separate the sand and fiber to be recycled. The goal is for 50 – 70 percent of the water to be removed through reverse osmosis. The nitrogen and phosphorus will be captured in a form that is best for feeding to their growing crops. Ebert's are building their own custom system that will distribute the concentrated manure between crop rows for optimal placement.
The manure system is just one of many new innovations that will be showcased during FTD.
The Ebert family is excited and honored to be hosting the 2017 Farm Technology Days to showcase the rich heritage of and economic value that agriculture is to Kewaunee County.
"This isn't about us, this is about Kewaunee County," said Randy and Renee.
Volunteer & Committee Information
Farm Technology Days is not only one of the most innovative showcases for agribusinesses, but hundreds of volunteers use the show as a chance to connect, network, and make friends. Be part of the fun and fellowship by volunteering on any of the committees.
For more information about Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days:
Email Us: email@example.com
Anna Maenner, Exhibit Coordinator, 920-478-3852
Tiffany Chadwick, Exhibitor Services, 920-350-5364
Amber Hewett, Executive Chair
2017 FTD Executive Committee
Aerica Bjurstrom, Executive Secretary
2017 FTD Executive Committee
Dates: July 11-13, 2017
Maps & Directions
2017 Farm Technology Days
The site for the 2017 Farm Technology Days Show in Kewaunee County:
E5083 County Road K
Algoma, WI 54201