School is just out and already the Bayfield Agricultural Society is letting everyone know of an educational event taking place on July 15. The Society is organizing its second Breakfast on the Farm event at 41090 Mill Road, East of Brucefield on a dairy farm. The hosts Tyler & Emily and Henry & Patti Hendriks welcome everyone to see their 95 milking Jersey cows in a brand new facility. This year the farming operation will feature Jerseys and the barn will highlight a new tunnel construction method for ventilating the space within it. With any tour of a modern facility, biosecurity risks are a concern so there may be a boot bath needed before entering the barn and no pets are allowed at the farm.
In addition to learning about modern dairy farming, everyone attending will be served a hearty breakfast. This year the Ag Society is pleased to partner with the Londesborough Lions Club to prepare the meal consisting of sausages, bacon, eggs, pancakes with maple syrup, toast, and milk or coffee. The meal can be eaten under a tent set up to keep everyone sheltered. You will be able to eat at the new tables the Ag Society bought recently.
The children will have some activities to keep them amused while their parents take time to visit with neighbours and friends. There will be some machinery to look over and several organizations will have booths set up to explain what they do to support our agricultural industry in this area.
There will be tickets available at www.bayfieldfair.ca. Directors will have tickets and they can be obtained by calling 519-440-6639, 519-482-5490, or 519-482-9296. Extra tickets were made available this year to accommodate more visitors. A few will be left at the gate but it would be wise to obtain them in advance since the event was sold out in advance of the Breakfast date last year. Volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to assist with the event, contact the Society through firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 15, 2017 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. will be a great opportunity to learn what is behind another barn door in the community. Start the morning with a hearty breakfast all in our productive countryside. Support our rural community and the Bayfield Agricultural Society.
Picture provided by Jentje Steenbeek at the Hendriks Dairy Farm.