The Pat and Marcia Parker family

The Pat and Marcia Parker family will host the 2017 Vernon County Holstein Twilight Meeting on their farm near Avalanche, Thursday, Aug. 17. Adults from left: Joseph Jandt, Jennifer Jandt (kneeling), Chrissy Stalsberg, Jared Parker, Marcia Parker, Patrick Parker, Andrew Mlsna, Janessa Parker, and Jessica Peterson (kneeling). Children from left: Gibson Jandt, Parker Peterson, Gabriel Jandt, and Piper Peterson. (Missing: Ryan Peterson)

The Pat and Marcia Parker family will welcome Holstein enthusiasts to their family’s farm, PMJ’s Dairy, for the 2017 Vernon County Holstein Twilight Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17. The twilight meeting is a time for people to gather for food and fellowship while celebrating the dairy industry and showcasing a Vernon County dairy operation.

Located in Avalanche, PMJ’s Dairy has been home to the Parker family since they purchased the farm in 1990. They are proud to call this century farm home, as they were honored at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair for owning and operating a family farm that has been running for a century.

The Parkers have made improvements including installing a Double 6 milking parlor in 2006. Today, they have 159 Holstein milking and dry cows, 43 bred heifers and 92 young heifers, providing milk to Westby Cooperative Creamery. They own and rent 450 acres of cropland where they grow corn silage, haylage and snaplage with dry hay being purchased. They also have an additional 100 acres of pasture for their cattle.

There four children are Westby Area High School alumni who exhibited dairy cattle at the Vernon County Fair under Westby FFA. Their son, Jared, and his girlfriend, Chrissy Stalsberg, are involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm. In addition, Jared raises Holstein bull calves up to about 400 pounds and owns 25 cows. Daughter Jessica and her husband, Kyle Peterson, have two children, Parker, 2, and Piper, 7 months. Jessica employed full time on the farm, while Kyle works for Croell Redi-Mix. Jennifer and her husband, Joseph Jandt, farm on Joseph’s parents’ farm, Grand-Vu Acres, near Barre Mills. They have two sons, Gabriel, 2, and Gibson, 7 months. The Parkers’ youngest daughter, Janessa, and her boyfriend, Andrew Mlsna reside on PMJ’s Dairy. Janessa is a cosmetologist at InStyle Salon inside JCPenney in addition to helping on the farm. Andrew owns A&M Farms.

The Parker farm is located off of Hwy. S. A meal will be provided, along with the opportunity to try your skill at dairy cattle judging at 7 p.m. A program, hosted by the Vernon County Holstein Association, will follow at 8 p.m. with National Holstein Association, Wisconsin Holstein Association and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board reports.

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