Cozy stops on Stormont Holstein Club tour

From left, Rosaline, Tristan, Adalene and Amila — grandchildren of Laurence and Philippe Gutknecht, owners at Saziemaz Farms in Newington, one of the stops on Saturday's Stormont County Holstein Club barn tour. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

STORMONT — Outside, the weather was a cold, snowy, slushy, muddy mess. Inside, the barns on the Stormont County Holstein Club’s annual spring tour were a delightful treat of farmer-to-farmer hospitality.

Spring planting must have seemed eons into the future, given the conditions April 1, so there was no excuse but for a good turnout on the tour that drew farm families to a series barns for a look-see.  Ten farms participated.

In a time-honoured scene in rural Ontario, participants dutifully strapped on temporary boots over their footwear as a biosecurity measure, then marched into each barn, kept snug and warm by the bovine bodies inside. Each stop featured the requisite table festooned with coffee, lunch and other edible dainties. The operations on this tour ranged from very traditional tie-stall barns to those with free-stall housing and milking parlours.

Laurence and Philippe Gutknecht, at Saziemaz Farms. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Ceramic tile isn’t just for the home; they’re increasingly found in dairy barn cow mangers. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The process of interesting the next generation of dairy farmers in the industry begins early. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The Glaude family at Glaudale Farms. From left: Michel Glaude, Isabelle Bissonnette, Samantha and Kevin Glaude (with children Chloe and Denver) and Barbara-Ann Glaude. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Denver and Chloe Glaude. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Joe and Joy Krol of Krolane Holsteins. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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