buy voveran sr medicine buy zovirax boots trandate discount programs order diclofenac zealand cheap rumalaya gel tei order terramycin cats buy generic zyrtec d buy viagra plus cialis caverta discount voucher ayurslim discount voucher brands levitra discount in india diamox discount prescription cheap cardizem nursing requip discount card buy mircette uk cheap bentyl otc naprosyn discount vouchers cheap diovan canada cheap rumalaya gel in farmacii buy viagra professional wiki buy saw palmetto jual buy bupropion sr and alcohol buy viagra jelly online erexin v discount mega ortho tri cyclen discount xanax order cialis professional erfahrungen cheap eurax hc cheap cleocin gel reviews acne.org cheap wellbutrin quit buy premarin nasal spray rocaltrol discount coupon uroxatral discount vouchers buy glucotrol xl strengths buy proscar you buy arava vietnam cheap robaxin generic inderal discount prescription cheap v gel for stretch marks cheap hyzaar vidal buy mobic you buy bupropion liquid buy levitra plus the counter grifulvin v discount oral suspension buy anti fungal underwear order metformin illegal order alavert status cholesterol lowering discount exercise and diet buy ginette 35 nausea synthroid discount voucher cheap lotensin generic order remeron from mexico zenegra discount order serevent uk buy generic tricor buy bupron sr reviews buy amitriptyline 10mg online order glucotrol xl mechanism of action topamax to buy order alavert online buy nizagara online order propecia queensferry buy levitra plus mg online order viagra plus online overnight order cialis soft wirkung motilium discount cheap paroxetine yawning buy cipro ear drops order provigil online buy aygestin wiki buy artane here pay here buy crestor kuala lumpur order lotensin bula buy lioresal place buy neo medrol cheap flagyl er pfizer order atorlip 20 price in india buy bupropion best place cheap robaxin buy micronase usa kamagra gold discount hata'sa men;s health discount hyper fuel 9x buy altace online cheap viagra super active who makes viagra sublingual discount que es cheap antivirals buy clonidine vegas levitra professional discount side effects cheap viagra professional es order finpecia legit cheap v gel nails cheap viramune dosing buy capoten prescription rumalaya forte discount review buy glucophage every am hair loss talk discount code order zanaflex from canada buy viagra plus sydney generic zoloft cost walmart buy nitroglycerin hcl buy suhagra online india robaxin discount voucher buy toradol legal buy diclofenac vietnam cost of celebrex cheap didronel online cheap robaxin dosage order relafen prescription order cleocin gel information order venlor withdrawal cheap anti viral foods list buy prilosec vancouver buy cholesterol lowering natural supplements buy emsam au buy leukeran walmart buy cholesterol lowering eye drops cheap ortho tri cyclen generic name kamagra gold discount fo'rum buy bupropion sr half life cheap viagra plus tablets for sale order evista india cheap zyprexa xanax cheap lady era rock vasotec discount card order isoptin ulotka buy anti fungal uti buy propranolol online uk order clomid very effexor xr copay card program cheap cialis super active long does rumalaya forte discount crema buy cytotec malaysia cheap amaryllis bulbs for sale order hyzaar forte buy xalatan online uk buy glucotrol xl bid cheap v gel amazon buy bupropion sr erowid order toprol xl side effects cheap rogaine 2 crossword order propecia zwaneven buy l tryptophan half life where can i buy cytotec here in hong kong mango uk discount code cheap rental dresses cheap actoplus met equivalent mango discount generator cheap clonidine hcl buy purinethol generic rogaine 2 discount nizoral buy bupropion sr insomnia cheap relafen high buy mycelex g tablets buy snovitra super power video cheap glucophage india buy lantus solostar pen online buy tadalis sx nachnahme buy erythromycin ophthalmic ointment order effexor xr birth defects order diclofenac gel reviews cheap kamagra gold blister birth order food allergies buy innopran xl who makes cheap viagra sublingual tablet buy real singulair buy ortho tri cyclen quick start method cheap brand levitra cialis buy alavert want cheap advair diskus que sirve order clomid overnight cheap micronase buy robaxin vietnam order diclofenac gel las-diclofenac order flagyl er vs flagyl order benadryl jarabe buy levitra plus online canada dostinex discount voucher buy tindamax (tinidazole). online order avapro online order hair loss in babies cheap decadron nasal bystolic discount program buy femara online order abana otelleri cheap floxin tablet buy glucophage vidal buy flagyl tablets uk hyaluronic acid discount juvederm kamagra gold discount zsele' methotrexate back order cheap zetia generic order viagra super active and viagra professional cheap effexor xr yahoo answers buy lamisil online nz buy anti fungal grifulvin v discount liquid buy viagra plus with mastercard buy yasmin mogahed book buy kamagra from india cheap vermox plus buy cal king sheets buy allopurinol gel buy generic nolvadex buy viagra plus with paypal buy diclofenac los angeles tadacip discount buy propecia online japan rogaine 2 discount rogaine 5 cholesterol lower discount it naturally cheap cafergot online buy kamagra oral jelly in australia order buspar tablets cialis generique discount order hydrochlorothiazide rx buy finast out buy viagra plus gel buy tamoxifen online cheap penegra zydus cheap urispas rcm buy nolvadex d standard benadryl order cheap cholesterol lowering how fast buy propecia cheap buy rumalaya kre'm order effexor xr drug interactions cheap apcalis sx fu"r frauen buy singulair dublin buy cytotec baguio city buy female cialis philippines buy hydrea generic online innopran xl discount effects wellbutrin sr discount side effects go away buy terramycin cheap artane apartments cheap requip diclofenac gel discount leaflet buy januvia cheap cheap ortho tri cyclen missed period buy kamagra oral jelly review uk discount viagra and cialis didronel discount coupon buy emsam new york mango discount indonesia buy zovirax ointment online order weight loss yoga for beginners order mentax pill buy ortho tri cyclen kong buy zenith zoysia plugs buy allopurinol line biaxin discount voucher order atacand wiki hair loss discount laser treatment buy bactroban boots buy ortho tri cyclen zovia order benfotiamine benefits antabuse discount price cheap purim gifts order metformin online uk hair loss discount kidney disease order female viagra safely online azulfidine discount card buy maxalt from canada buy cialis next day delivery pain relief discount arthritis cheap lotensin bula cheap levitra plus active order viagra plus generic buy zyban cheap buy trental vancouver order singulair by mail dramamine get you high order endep cheap anti viral tissues buy lithium stock cheap celexa dosage buy myambutol tablets buy urispas kong buy lamisil once online ciprofloxacin get you high buy tofranil reviews cheap requip get cheap atorlip 10 sirve pain relief discount neuropathy buy lithium nitrate buy cholesterol lowering quinoa cheap kamagra oral jelly za zene order brand cialis canadian cheap mircette monophasic buy clomid paypal cheap isoptin lek cheap toprol xl oral dosage wellbutrin sr discount and alcohol buy purinethol angeles buy lasix diuretic buy avodart order diclofenac a prescription cheap aristocort ointment cheap inderal retard order cialis soft dosage diclofenac gel discount life buy viagra sublingual work cheap flagyl er vs flagyl cheap kamagra yuen long nexium discount voucher buy topamax online uk tinidazole discount unisom discount voucher order tadalis sx einnahme buy nexium over the counter order weight loss kick start buy bupropion bulk buy arjuna risperdal discount buy aldactone 100mg buy finpecia legit order ventolin inhaler online buy famvir dosage buy eurax the counter buy zenit camera venlor discount vouchers order paxil legal buy combivent inhaler online buy isoniazid in australia buy female viagra australia cheap ranitidine tablets buy citalopram online accutane discount card buy pyridium otc order glucophage uk buy viagra super active uk procardia discount coupon hair loss discount products viagra sublingual discount tablet cheap v gel youtube cheap suprax modif cheap hair loss in cats cheap cholesterol lowering vitamins and minerals hydrea discount get buy viagra jelly qatar brahmi discount voucher buy alavert las vegas law and order actors svu buy accutane pills online buy zetia australia prednisone discount coupons order synthroid brand buy nitroglycerin sublingual buy dapoxetine online cheap ortho tri cyclen vs yasmin pain relief discount for arthritis buy zithromax at walmart buy nolvadex hyaluronic acid discount kit buy generic zovirax buy tulasi mala cheap travel insurance anxiety cheap sustiva in usa cialis super active discount plus reviews cheap nizagara wikipedia buy bactroban uk buy cialis us pharmacy cheap speman medicine buy anti fungal eye drops order buspar best place buy erythromycin dublin cheap viagra soft pills prometrium to buy cialis discount code pamelor discount coupon order furosemide india order erectile dysfunction supplements tinidazole discount code cholesterol lowering discount cheese buy lithium online buy speman forte cheap viagra with prescription buy maxalt vancouver florinef discount card remeron discount online liv 52 discount good for fatty liver cheap voveran sr mg order anti fungal ketoconazole hytrin discount generic effexor xr discount maximum dose hair loss discount cure cheap wellbutrin sr tablets buy anti fungal brand buy nimotop lek cheap strattera in usa cheap lamisil tablets cheap diclofenac gel wikipedia buy revia zealand buy tretinoin 0,05 order female viagra que es buy prandin nyc order arava cheap cafergot get cheap finast order avapro generico order serpina penserete buy ginette 35 online order viagra plus natural shuddha guggulu discount capsules buy capoten at walmart buy maxalt mlt 10 mg buy tenormin angeles cheap ortho tri cyclen yeast infection buy mircette generic cheap v gel quantum micro cheap suprax airbrush buy seroquel india cheap viagra plus in australia where can i buy saw palmetto extract buy nimotop online synthroid discount vouchers order alesse matter aleve discount vouchers order propecia online buy zanaflex kuala lumpur kamagra gold discount side effects buy vpxl ingredients buy flagyl gel online cheap ginette 35 online hyaluronic acid discount amazon order blopress wiki cheap acetone uk order innopran xl anxiety cheap v gel polish grifulvin v discount tab buy cheap revatio buy online mentat himalaya order nexium you buy cialis with paypal cheap viramune place buy buy terramycin la buy hydroxyurea online where to buy arthritis shoes order rhinocort aqua cheap viagra india buy suhagra in india cheap brand levitra pills order nolvadex and clomid generic viagra professional 100mg cheap viagra overnight cheap differin order pain relief zoster order propranolol mg cheap toprol xl mechanism of action order zetia uk cheap diclofenac gel and evaluation cuomo executive order voting order flagyl x testing cheapest female cialis lowest price order v gel cell order pain relief for toothache order retino-a cream 0 05 italok cymbalta buy online uk cheap rogaine 2 in canada cheap female cialis mg cheap hytrin india buy xalatan eye drops uk get valtrex prescription online cheap brand cialis delivery order toprol xl quetiapine fumarate buy cytotec pills buy yasmin online singapore buy bupropion sr anxiety erection packs 2 discount fortack buy zoloft dosage buy alavert guide buy retino-a cream 0 025 dawkowanie cheap wellbutrin vs order toprol xl extended release buy large lithium batteries cheap imuran buy haldol online buy olanzapine in singapore travel micronesia cheap cheap gas xenia ohio inderal discount vouchers buy triamterene for cheap buy kamagra paypal cheapest antabuse online liv 52 discount hb review cheap rental rates buy genox tamoxifen buy kamagra oral jelly in london cheap zetia price cheap v gel za bolec(ine v mis(icah order lexapro vs cheap brand levitra in uk buy levlen ed buy clomid joegoslavisch nationaal basketbalteam pain relief discount of gout order prazosin last cheap anti viral natural allopurinol to buy buy dutas korea antabuse discount pharmacy order pain relief after tooth extraction order viagra super active livraison rapide
Share this page on facebook
Now this is a family farm PDF Print E-mail
News
Written by CAROL POMEDAY   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:08

Three generations of Gasser family farmers will greet Breakfast on the Farm  visitors at their Town of Belgium dairy farm Saturday

    In an era when many children are leaving the farm and big dairy operations are common, Dan and Lucy Gasser and their three youngest sons — Luke, 27, Max, 26, and Jed, 20 — are bucking the trend.

    The boys decided to stay on the farm and became full partners in 2011, ensuring their Town of Belgium farm will continue into the third and perhaps fourth generations. They want the dairy operation to grow only large enough to support their families without hiring outside employees, Luke said.

    On Saturday, June 28, the Gassers and their blended family will welcome visitors to their farm at 6380 Hwy. LL for the 30th annual Breakfast on the Farm sponsored by the Ozaukee County Dairy Promotion Committee.

    Luke’s wife Emilie and their 2-year-old daughter Lillie-Mae and Max’s fiancé Olivia Krier will be on hand, as will Dan’s son Shane, 39, his wife Jennifer and son Evan, 15; and Lucy’s son Jacob, 34, and his son Justin, 15; and her daughter Emily Golden with her husband Greg and children Christopher, 13, and Katie, 11.

    Everyone helps out during planting and hay seasons and enjoy being on the farm.

    Until Lucy was severely injured by their dairy bull on Oct. 7, 2005, she and Dan ran the operation with the help of whoever was living at home. Lucy usually milked their 65 cows by herself.

    That day, she was in the barn yard getting cows into the barn for milking when the bull attacked her.

    “He had already gone through the gate, and he turned and started ramming me over and over,” Lucy said. “He threw me up over the fence line. He looked me in the eye and I looked at him. He could have come after me, but he walked away.

    “It’s a miracle I survived that.”

    Lucy, who said she was in excruciating pain and could barely breathe, managed to crawl to the road, where a neighbor saw her.

    She was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where she spent four days, and then was ordered to two months of bed rest at home.     

    When ribs are broken, one may puncture the heart or lungs, Lucy said. Although her heart and lungs were OK, her doctors warned it could still happen and wanted her to stay in bed until the bones healed.

    In addition to broken ribs, Lucy had two  broken vertebrae in her back. Her sternum was crushed and her entire body was covered with bruises.

    Luke, who was a carpenter for a developer but lived at home, took a leave from his job to take over his mother’s responsibilities and help his father, who also operates a farm equipment repair business.

    Max and Jed, who were 18 and 12 at the time, helped before and after school.

    Emily took care of her mother and made meals. Shane, who is a welder, and Jacob, who works for Oostburg Concrete, helped on weekends and after work.

    A year later, Lucy resumed milking cows and handling the herd. However, she had to quit milking in 2010.

    “As I started to recover, Luke, who had done a fantastic job, said he would really like to stay on the farm,” Lucy said.

    He enjoyed carpentry work, Luke said, but he loved working on the farm more. He became the farm’s first full-time paid employee.

    “I enjoy all the different things. Every day is different,” Luke said. “It’s nice waking up and walking out the door to your job.”

    After graduating from Cedar Grove-Belgium High School in 2006, Max worked for Oostburg Concrete for two years, then also joined the farm operation.

    The Gassers encouraged their children to work off the farm a few years before deciding if they wanted to be farmers. All but Jed did that.

    Jed said he had no doubts. He knew he wanted to work on the farm.

    In 2011, a limited liability corporation was formed making the three boys partners with their parents.         

    Each has a primary responsibility — Luke is the main herdsman, Max handles milking, Jed takes care of the calves and young stock and Dan keeps the equipment running in top condition.

    Everyone helps with the field work, including step-siblings and cousins.

    Lucy handles the book work for the farm and Dan’s repair businesses, feeds the hungry gang and takes care of Lillie-Mae, who insists they go for a walk every day.

    “She says hello to all the animals, calls the rooster and checks on what her dad, uncles and grandpa are doing,” Lucy said. “She wants to be outside all the time.”

    Soon Lucy will have another grandchild in her care. Emilie and Luke are expecting their second child in August.

    “We all can do everything, so if someone wants to leave early or take a weekend off, we can cover for him,” Luke said, noting his brothers will take over when the baby arrives.

    The herd has increased from 47 cows when Dan and Lucy bought the farm from his parents in 1989 to the current 175 milking cows, plus young stock.

    The cows average 65 pounds of milk per cow per day and are milked twice a day, a very good herd average.

    “They say happy cows give more milk, and our cows are happy,” Luke said.

    “We don’t push them. We don’t give them bgh (bovine growth hormone). We try to feed them only our home-grown feed. We have a simple set up.”

    The older barns have been updated, a milk parlor added and the young stock and dry cows are kept on the farm across the street, where Luke and his family lives.

    The Gassers own 255 acres and plant 700 acres, mostly with hay and grains to feed their animals.

    The farm was founded in 1849 by Nickolas Langers. His youngest daughter Elizabeth, who was called Lillian, and her husband Joe O’berst became the owners in the 1930s.

    Their youngest hired hand was 10-year-old Max Gasser of Port Washington. He worked for them until he was in his 20s and married Bernice Kultgen.

    He and his wife then moved to the farm, where they raised five children, including Dan. Max and Bernice bought the farm from Mrs. O’berst in 1965.

    When his father died in 1989, Dan and Lucy bought the farm.

    “When my dad died 25 years ago, I wanted to keep the land in the family, but my brothers and sister didn’t want anything to do with it,” Dan said.

    “I love the land, and my boys are the same way. We have a little hunting woods. In a way, everything is here. I’m happy that they’re going to stay with it.”

    He knows it won’t be easy for his sons, who as farmers have to deal with the weather, land prices, milk prices and equipment.

    “They’re excited about doing it and they’re hardworking boys, and that’s usually a sign of success,” he said.

    “I want them to take over eventually, but as long as I’m alive, I’ll still be helping out, still in the fields.”


Image information: Gasser farmers include (from left) Max, 26, Jed, 20, father Dan, mother Lucy and Luke, 27.    Photo by Sam Arendt

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 
advertisement
Banner
Banner