Farm Visit: Silver Pond Farm

Farm: Silver Pond Farm
Owner: The Roitt’s
Established:  April 1, 2014
Location: Berlin, Wisconsin
Cows: Jerseys
Pasteurized/raw: Certified Organic raw = ships to Westby Co-op Creamery

The Roitt’s bought their farm 3 years ago, and have been milking over 2 years now. Their farm was a dairy, but when they bought it, it hadn’t seen cows in over 35 years. It took them a lot of work to get the place ready for cows and certified organic in only 4 months! They currently milk 17 Jerseys in a 2 X 2 Surge sawtooth side-opener.

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Yes, there is a pond on Silver Pond Farm!

 

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The massive old gambrel barn.

 

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The view from the road.

 

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The herd!

 

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The parlor and milkhouse.

 

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Inside the milkhouse.

 

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The Surge sawtooth side-opener. There are four stalls (two on each side). There was only one complete stall when the Roitt’s moved in. Two stalls were pieced together, and one stall was completely built from scratch!

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They found info online about our Surge side-opener parlor we are planning to use and contacted us.  We were so happy to get a chance to visit and milk in their parlor.

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It confirmed that the side-opener would work great for us, and we were also able to get exact dimensions before we build.

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Hey! What’s going on?

 

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The cows heading back to pasture…

 

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The milk truck comes every-other-day. After the Roitt’s, it still has 12 more pick-ups and 350 miles to go…

 

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While there, we helped the Roitt’s install free stalls.

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Before this, they would winter their cows on a bedded pack.

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The wonderful Roitt’s, our hosts! Thanks for your hospitality!

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One Response to Farm Visit: Silver Pond Farm

  1. susan says:

    What a great trip! Sounds like you found some kindred spirits!! You guys are great company to have….always willing to lend a hand.

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