The last stop on the Tour ’de Farm bike ride on Saturday, June 29, features a family operated dairy farm owned by Don and Liz Mayer and family.
As the biker’s ride into the farm they will be treated to the driveway of trees which canopy the entire drive. When you get on the farm you will see buildings which have been updated but still show the history of farms from the 1920’s.
What is hard to believe is that the Mayer’s milk 55-60 Holstein dairy cattle and house over 100 cattle on the farm and all of this on six acres of land. They purchase their feed from neighbors.
What is even more fascinating is to visit with them and to appreciate their passion for farming and their love for their registered Holstein herd. The Mayer’s milk three times a day and are known worldwide for the phenomenal genetics in their herd. In 1996 Mayer’s showcased a Holstein cow, Prudence, who held the world record for milk production in one year, producing 62,981 pounds of milk.
Don and Liz both grew up on registered Holstein farms in Wisconsin, Liz from Clear Lake and Don from Slinger. They met while attending Technical College in New Richmond. They were married 38 years ago and subsequently moved to Bloomer. They were looking for farms to buy in the area and in 1990 they purchased their farm on Highway 64 and raised their three children, Erica, Dustin and Samantha here. Their entire family, including grandchildren, are very active with the farm and raising and selling Golden Retriever and Silver Lab dogs.
The Mayer’s have dedicated their lives to their farm and between 1995–2015 sold thousands of embryos from their cattle overseas. They have also sold show cattle and continue to exhibit their cattle at shows throughout the state and country. They have hosted many different trainees from Japan, England, Germany, Holland, Denmark, and Scotland, who come to the US and stay with the Mayer’s and learn the business.
In 1996 Don was asked by Worldwide Sires to be a speaker on a speaking tour of England. Liz is on the County Holstein Board of directors and the has served on the DHIA board.
The Mayer’s have been instrumental in activities with the Bloomer FFA. They have hosted judging clinics and helped train dairy judging teams and helped with grooming and training. Don and Liz both have received their Wisconsin and American FFA degrees and have hired many students from the area to work on their farm.
According to the 1930 platbook the Pioneer Farm, currently Mayerlane Farm, was owned by Joe Hassemer the father of Delvin Hassemer, whose family farmed until 1990. This land is probably some of the richest land in Chippewa County and lies between Duncan Creek (which flows through Bloomer) and McCann Creek (to the east of Mayers) It is so fertile because it is composed of a foot of black topsoil with yellow clay as a subsoil. In the early days the city of Chippewa Falls would graze their horses and cattle in the Bloomer Prairie because it was known to never dry up.
As the bikers travel on Hwy GG they will recognize several of the farmers who have been in the community and can trace their farms back to their family namesake and were settled by their descendants.
During the stop at the farm you will be hosted by the New Auburn FFA and it’s members as well as receive greetings from the 72nd Alice in Dairyland, Abigail Martin. The Safety demonstration will feature farmstead safety. Visitors and bikers will also be treated to root beer floats with root beer prepared by Dan Stolt and the Bloomer Brewery. There will also be plenty of cheese sticks provided by Dairy Farmers of America.
This will be the final stop of our Tour ’de Farm Safety Awareness Bike Ride. Riders and visitors will finish the event by traveling back to the Pines Ballroom where they will be treated to a dinner at 4 p.m. followed by a greeting from our current Alice in Dairyland, presentations to our host family and finally a live auction with all proceeds going to the Ram and Jeremy Seibel Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Additional information is available at https://foreverinourfields.com/