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Dicke family to host Breakfast on the Farm on June 14

By Janet Kubat Willette
jkubat@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 06/20/2013 10:30 AM

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GOODHUE, Minn. — Goodhue County dairy farmers Lyle and Shannon Dicke will welcome the community to their farm for breakfast on June 14.

For the past 20-plus years, KCUE Radio has organized and hosted the event, sending out invitations to community, business and agricultural leaders, said Don Kliewer, general manager of KCUE Radio. Last year, 150 people attended.

The event's focus is changing to an awareness event for the entire community, said Shannon Dicke of rural Goodhue.

"We don't even know what to expect this year," Kliewer said.

Goodhue County's Breakfast on the Farm at the Dicke farm, 33152 County 6 Blvd., Goodhue, will include educational tours given by Shannon, Lyle and their three children, Ann, Charlie and Jay.

Ann attends the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; Charlie is enrolled in the short course at UW-Madison and Jay is in sixth grade at Goodhue Public Schools.

A petting zoo is planned along with the opportunity to feed a calf and a chance to enter the name the calf contest.

Breakfast is free and RSVPing to KCUE Radio at traffic@KWNG.com or 651-388-7151 is appreciated.

KCUE Radio will broadcast live from the farm from 6 a.m. to 9:30 or 10 a.m. The breakfast runs from 7 to 11 a.m.

Kliewer said KCUE sponsors the event with the Goodhue County American Dairy Association to show its support for dairy farmers.

"It's our connection with the agricultural community," Kliewer said. They also host a fall harvest event.

The Dickes milk 169 cows in a double nine parallel parlor. Family members do the milking.

They raise calves in hutches before moving them into a mono-slope barn. Their raise their own heifer calves. Bull calves are sold.