As a wrap-up to June dairy month, Lenkaitis Holsteins, a family farm in St. Charles, Ill., opened its barn doors to the public June 29, creating a family fun day. In addition, funds were raised for a 10,000 gal. challenge for local food pantries through the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation.
More than a thousand attended the open house, touring the barns, meeting the family and the cows and participating in an ice cream social to support neighbors in need.
On the day prior to the open house, the Lenkaitis family hosted the Illinois Dairy Technology Tour, bringing in fellow dairy producers to talk modern dairy farm technology. That event was hosted by the Illinois Milk Producers Assn. and the University of Illinois Extension. We were there for the tour and to get a dairy research update from the University of Illinois dairy team.
Lenkaitis Holsteins is one of the last remaining dairies operating in suburban Kane County, Ill., a region historically know for its milk production. The farm, which is surrounded on two sides by housing developments, has embraced robotic technology in the barn as a way of making its business sustainable for future generations and as way to be a good neighbor.
Check out our photo gallery of the farm's recent events and technologies.