June Dairy Month farm stops visit in at Synergy Dairy, located in Pulaski with the Jaquet family.
Heather Jaquet says though they are not from the immediate area and haven’t owned their farm for very long, her family has been appreciative with how they’ve been welcomed by the agriculture community.
“My husband and I bought this farm in partnership with my parents in 2004, so we all moved to this area together in 2004 and we have been absolutely thrilled with how we’ve been welcomed into the agriculture community here and we have made so many wonderful friends,” she said.
Heather grew up farming, but didn’t think she would consider it as a future career. But after working in different agriculture industry-related jobs, she says there’s something about farming that pulls you back in.
“Farming is a way of life that has a way of reeling you in, I guess, permanently,” Heather said of the lifestyle. “I realized after going to school at UW-Madison and working in the industry for a while, that back on the farm is where my heart really was.”
The Jaquet’s farm 500 acres where they grow primarily haylage and corn silage. Synergy Dairy is a 100-percent dairy farm that focuses on selling a high-quality product of milk as their main source of income.
“Our nutrient management plan is something we work closely with our professional consultants on so that we can utilize all of the organic fertilizer produced here on the farm back to make crop to grow for those animals and it creates a very sustainable cycle.”
In total, Synergy Dairy milks about 300 cows, but Heather adds their farm also sells some of the cows they have, which keeps her day busy.
“We actually market, or sell a fair number of dairy cattle from our farm to other farms. We also are a registered herd, so there’s a lot of paperwork that goes with that.”