Welcome to Wood County
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2018
Wood County is hosting Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in 2018
Daryl and Brenda Sternweis and Family
The Sternweis Farm is a fifth generation family operation first established in 1879. Always on the cutting edge of technology, the first freestall barn and milking parlor was built here in 1965 for a herd of 70 dairy cows, and we are continuing this cutting edge trend with our new 360 cow robotic dairy facility. The farm operates 1200 acres consisting of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa, and also does custom field work.
Our goals for the future are geared first toward family - to raise our children with the hard work and values we were raised with, and also to inspire future generations to be involved with and excited about continuing the family farm.
We feel it is important for us to host Farm Technology Days to educate and promote agriculture, especially in upcoming generations who possibly don't realize the process it takes for food to get from the farm to the consumer's table. This event is a great boost for our community and surrounding area. We are definitely excited to have this opportunity.
The Ken and Joellen Heiman Family
and the Kelvin and Marilyn Heiman Family
Our agricultural history is twofold. Our history started in the cheese business with Nasonville Dairy and moved into farming in 1995, with the purchase of the Weber's Farm Store from Joellen's Weber Heimans' family. While our cheese plant dates back to 1885, our farm side has been in Joellen's family since it was first purchased in 1904, by Joellen's great grandparents.
Our farming side has been in the family for over 100 years, and has been bottling milk for over 60 years, along with the sale of meat and cheese products. We continue to create new products for the consumer. Recently, we introduced a new advent of flavored Kefir (drinkable yogurt) and Crema currently all on the way. We see even more products that we will soon be marketing. Nasonville Dairy, our cheese plant, has always been our family's back bone. It has allowed us to grow in the milk industry and to market and utilize not only our own milk but that of 220 additional Wisconsin dairy farms in the area.
Heiman Holsteins is now the beginning of the next generation in farming for the Heiman Family with the installation of a 40-cow rotary parlor and exhibition area for viewing the operation. While we see more changes for the future, it is so very true that Agriculture never stops changing. We must create new products and improve on the existing ones so that consumers will always look to us for the best quality food for their family!
Executive Committee and Committee Liaisons
- Dennis Bangart Chair
- Mike Sabel Vice Chair
- Bruce Thorson Treasurer
- Matt Lippert Secretary
- Daryl Sternweis Host Farm
- Ken Heiman Host Farm
- Matt Glewen WFTD Inc. Executive Director
- Nancy Esser
- Scott Larson
- Matt McLean
- Ben Tilberg
- Bob Meyer
- Janet Bell
- Melissa Reichert
- Darrel Reigel
- Casper Bendixson
- Dawn Vruwink
- Steve Biechler