Who we are
Breeze Dairy Group is a partnership of five Wisconsin farming families who came together with a shared passion of dairy farming and caring for the land. Our forefathers built our legacy on the rich Wisconsin soil. We are proud to carry on that legacy by producing high quality, nutritious milk. Like our ancestors, we are dedicated to our families, our employees, our farms and our communities.
Together, we have more than 200 years of combined farming experience. Farming looks different today than it did when our grandfathers farmed, however our commitment and dedication to being environmental stewards and caring for our cows remains the same. The Breeze Dairy families are dedicated to each of the communities where we live and farm.
We own and operate three farms in Wisconsin: Lake Breeze Dairy, Pine Breeze Dairy, and Spring Breeze Dairy. We are excited and proud to be developing our fourth: North Breeze Dairy.
We pride ourselves in the fact that each of our families came from a farming background. Here are photos from our family farms before coming together to form our first Breeze Dairy Group farm, Lake Breeze Dairy.
Family farming roots run deep for all five of our Breeze Dairy Group families. Our fathers, mothers, grandparents, and great-grandparents farmed the land, working late into the night harvesting crops, feeding and milking cows, and repairing machinery. Today, our families work as partners, combining not only our cows and land, but also applying our expertise to focus on caring for our cows on modern farms.
In 2002, five families came together to unite their passion for dairy farming and formed Breeze Dairy Group. With shared core values and a commitment to caring for cows and the environment, each family is dedicated to the future of agriculture.
After working closely with dairy farmers as a dairy nutritionist for years, Lynn Davis learned that Mark Diederichs, Ron and Rick Schwenck, and Doug Thiel had plans of expanding their home farms. Lynn knew the families had a similar vision and brought them together.
The four families worked with Brian Gerrits, a farm consultant at the time, and began developing a business plan to build Lake Breeze Dairy in Malone, Wisconsin in two phases. Brian joined the group as a partner during the development of phase one, and the partnership was complete with five families.
Phase one was completed in 2003, when we began milking 1,500 cows. Two years later, phase two of Lake Breeze Dairy was completed, and 3,000 cows are still milked on the farm today.
Recognizing the strength of working together and seeing the success we shared with Lake Breeze Dairy, the five families began looking for opportunities to expand our years of agricultural expertise to other farms.
Pine Breeze Dairy in Pine River, Wisconsin was the second farm to join the Breeze Dairy Group family of farms, also in two phases. Phase one was a test phase; we leased the farm and milked 400 cows while researching the opportunity of a second phase to grow the farm to a 2,400-cow herd. Phase one was a success, and we moved forward with phase two. In 2013, we began milking 2,400 cows at Pine Breeze Dairy. The same year, Breeze Dairy Group became an official LLC.
The most recent addition to the Breeze Dairy family of farms was Spring Breeze Dairy in Bryant, Wisconsin in 2015. Unlike Lake Breeze and Pine Breeze, Spring Breeze Dairy was an existing farm and not a new construction or substantial expansion.
The newest farm that will be joining the family of farms is North Breeze Dairy in Stetsonville, Wisconsin, with plans of construction in 2018.
Over the last decade, Breeze Dairy Group has established a reputation for providing high-quality milk; exceptional animal care; and being environmental stewards of Wisconsin’s land and dedicated members of the communities where we farm.
Our cows’ comfort and well-being factors into every decision we make so the cows are at their best to produce wholesome, high-quality milk.
How we keep our cows comfortable
- Our cows lie on sand bedding, which is the most comfortable bedding available. Several times a day the beds are cleaned to remove any debris. More sand is added to the beds twice a week to ensure cow comfort.
- All of the freestall barns are properly ventilated, using fans and curtains to move the air. The freestall barns provide shade and a cool breeze for the cows in the summer, and in the winter the barns keep the cows sheltered from the wind and snow.
- In the freestall barns, the cows can eat, drink, and rest whenever they like.
Our cow caregivers
Employee training on animal care and husbandry is continuous at all farms. Occasionally, we have industry experts conduct special, on-farm training programs for all employees. Our goal is to have consistent cow-care techniques across all farms. Additionally, our employees regularly attend cow care programs to keep up-to-date on best animal care practices.
The farms that are part of the Breeze Dairy Group family are enrolled in the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) animal care program. This is a national program that sets the highest standards when it comes to animal care. FARM provides an animal care reference manual farmers must follow for every cow and calf on the farm. These guidelines evolve with the latest research on quality animal care. The FARM program evaluates farmers at least once every three years and provides feedback on how we’re doing by qualified auditors. The evaluation provides us with the information we need to develop action plans for continuous improvement.
We are Stewards of the Land
Like our forefathers, Breeze Dairy Group is passionate about protecting the land and conserving the water in Wisconsin. Dairy farmers are held to high environmental standards, and we go above and beyond what is expected of us.
All the farms in the Breeze Dairy Group family use the latest technologies to preserve and protect the environment. We work with a team of experts who guide us in decision-making to ensure everything we do is safe for the environment, our neighbors and the communities around us.
Clean water is a fundamental part of dairy farming, and we have many practices in place to ensure we conserve all the water used on our farms.
- At each farm, the amount of water used is monitored daily. We establish strict targets for how much water we expect to use from the wells, carefully study the reports that are generated, and make adjustments if our goals aren’t being met.
- The water that is used in our milking parlors is run through a cooler, recycled and used again as drinking water for the cows. At Lake Breeze Dairy, recycled water is used to flush the waste from the freestall barn alleyways.
On Breeze Dairy farms, we do more than only recycling water. We recycle and reuse the sand bedding in all of our freestall barns; on our feed piles, we reuse recycled tires to hold plastic down to protect our cows’ feed; and, we participate in the recycling program with Revolution Plastics and recycle the plastic used on top of the feed piles at Pine Breeze Dairy.
We are continuously looking for new and innovative ways to guarantee the land and water are well-cared for and protected for future generations.
W2651 Kiel Rd | Malone, WI53049 | 920-795-4266
Lake Breeze Dairy was the first farm established under Breeze Dairy Group in 2003.
- 3,000 cows call Lake Breeze Dairy home. These cows make 26,500 gallons of milk per day.
- The cows are milked in a double-44 parallel milking parlor.
- There are 35 employees dedicated to caring for the cows on the farm.
- The milk from the cows is shipped to Foremost Farms in Appleton, WI where it is made into cheese.
W1776 Aspen Ave | Pine River, WI54965 | 920-987-5051
Pine Breeze Dairy was the second farm constructed by Breeze Dairy Group in 2013.
- There are 2,400 cows at Pine Breeze Dairy who make 20,000 gallons of milk per day.
- The cows are milked in a double-35 parallel milking parlor.
- 30 employees are committed to their care and comfort.
- The milk made at Pine Breeze Dairy is shipped to Agropur in Weyauwega, WI where it is made into award-winning cheese.
N4646 Hill Rd | Bryant, WI 54418 | 715-623-6623
Spring Breeze Dairy is the latest addition to the Breeze Dairy Group family of farms, purchased in 2015.
- Spring Breeze Dairy is home to 1,800 cows, making 16,000 gallons of milk per day.
- The cows are milked in a double-24 parallel parlor.
- 35 employees make sure the cows at Spring Breeze Dairy have the best care possible.
- The milk from Spring Breeze Dairy is marketed through Dairy Farmers of America.
- Plans are currently being developed to grow the herd from 1,800 cows to 3,500 cows.
North Breeze Dairy will be the fourth farm to join Breeze Dairy Group family of farms. The project began in 2009 with the purchase of land in Taylor County.
- North Breeze Dairy will be home to 4,000 cows.
- 40 to 50 people will be employed on-farm in addition to working with local businesses.
- North Breeze Dairy will employ the latest in dairy science and technology, water conservation and environmental protection in this state-of-the-art facility.
- Agriculture is the backbone of Taylor County, providing 37% of the jobs and generating $972 million annually in economic activity. North Breeze Dairy will further enhance the economic activity in the county, providing on-farm jobs and contributing to the local businesses in the area.
- Dairy farming is a key industry in Taylor County, with on-farm production and milk sales accounting for $88 million annually. Caring for our cows is a top priority on all our farms. We use the latest innovations to ensure their comfort and well-being to produce nutritious, wholesome milk.