Linda and Dale Drendel welcome visitors to the Dairy Breakfast and Farm Tour at their Hampshire farmstead on Saturday, June 15.
Linda and Dale Drendel welcome visitors to the Dairy Breakfast and Farm Tour at their Hampshire farmstead on Saturday, June 15.

HAMPSHIRE, Ill. — Linda and Dale Drendel are opening their Hampshire farmstead to the general public for a dairy breakfast and farm tour from 6 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.

The Drendels offer this experience to visit a farm and provide others with a better understanding of the origins of their food, such as dairy products.

“This Saturday morning family activity is meant to be enjoyed by all ages,” Dale Drendel said. “We welcome visitors and hope they see this as an opportunity to learn more about how we care for our animals and produce fresh and wholesome milk.”

When visiting the farm, known as Lindale Holstein Farm, one of the highlights will be watching some of the 150 dairy cows being milked in the milking parlor.

The modern parlor accommodates 11 Holstein cows at a time and offers viewers an up-close look at the farm’s automation and the transfer of milk from the cow to the bulk tank. Milking demonstrations will be offered from 6 to 9 a.m.

The farm visit also offers a tour of the barns to see the young dairy calves, heifers and cows.

Visitors who have never milked a cow before will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to milk a cow by hand just like farmers used to do many years ago. And they’ll see all aspects of dairy production, from the feed used in their special diets to the care taken by farmers to assure their animals are comfortable and healthy.

Besides the cows, visitors to the farm will see farm equipment used on the dairy and grain farm and get to sit on the seat of a modern tractor. The Drendels grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats and wheat, much of which is used for dairy feed.

To top off the morning, a farm-style breakfast complete with pancakes, sausage, applesauce, cheese, milk, coffee and ice cream will be served from 6 to 11 a.m.

A donation of $8 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 10 years old will be collected. Prices include breakfast and the farm visit.

The event is being sponsored by dairymen from DeKalb and Kane counties who are members of the Kishwaukee Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

The Drendels are avid promoters of the dairy industry whether it’s welcoming visitors to their farm, showing cattle at fairs, serving in leadership roles or educating others about agriculture. Dale Drendel serves on the boards of the Illinois Milk Producers Association, Foremost Farms, Kishwaukee DHIA and Dairy Lab Services.

Linda Drendel, a former teacher, also has an active role on the farm and serves on the Midwest Dairy Association. The Drendels also are participants in Illinois Farm Families and host Chicago moms for farm visits.

Their son, Jeff, works alongside them on their farm. Their daughters are Carrie Corson, public relations project manager for Country Financial in Bloomington, and Julie Ashton of Marseilles, farm broadcaster for the Big Ag Radio Network and Nelson Multimedia Group.

As livestock caretakers for the past 40 years, the Drendels hold themselves accountable to the hundreds of dairy animals on their farm.

“We take personal responsibility for feeding and caring for our animals and providing top-quality milk for consumers,” Linda Drendel said.

The Drendel farm address is 15N057 Walker Rd. The farm is located two miles southwest of Hampshire.

From north of Sycamore on Route 23, travel east on Plank Road for seven miles until reaching Burlington. Turn left, going north, on Walker Road for three miles.

From Genoa, go east on Route 72 for 6.5 miles and turn right, going south, on Walker Road for one-half mile. Directional signs will be posted close to the farmstead. Handicap parking is available at the farm.

For additional information, contact Bill Lenschow at (815) 895-9690. To learn more about the Drendel operation, visit www.lindaleholsteins.com.