Statz Bros. Farm selected to host Luke Bryan

June 6, 2019

Author:  
Cathy Kozlowicz

Source:  
The Courier

Welcoming country music singer and American Idol Judge Luke Bryan is one way that Marshall’s Statz Bros. Farm can provide awareness for dairy farmers.

Statz Bros., a second-generation owned farm located at 5707 County Road VV, Marshall was selected as one of the nation’s small farms for a venue for Bryan to perform his 2019 Farm Tour.

The concert will be Sept. 26 with the show beginning at 6 p.m., doors opening at 5 p.m. and parking at 2 p.m. Opening acts will be announced closer to the date and usually features up and coming acts.

Tickets go on sale at https://www.lukebryan.com/farm-tour June 6.

The tour will also stop in Richland, Michigan; Pleasantville, Ohio; Louisburg, Kansas; Douglass, Kansas; and Norman, Oklahoma.

The farm was nominated by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau. The staff at Statz Bros. researched the option of being a venue for the tour in 2018, but Wisconsin was not in the geographical region for the tour plans last year.

“I did not know it was still an option,” Amanda Jolma, assistant manager and farm contact for the tour, said.

“We were very surprised,” Jolma said. She said it helped that the farm hosted Farm Technology Days in 2015, a three-day event that featured people from all over the state and country.

“Luke is an amazing country singer. We like that he does so much for other people,” Jolma added. Proceeds of these event goes for scholarships for people who have grown up on a farm or are studying agriculture. “We like all his songs. He seems so personable and seems like a genuine nice guy.”

Bryan was named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards in 2013. He sold more than seven million albums and 27 million singles worldwide.

Bryan said on his website that he grew up in rural Georgia and that many people were not able to see larger scale shows.

“The idea behind this tour is to bring full production concerts to small towns that would not see larger scale shows,” shared Luke. “Growing up in rural Georgia we had to drive to larger cities to see concerts. It is so exciting to watch each of these shows being built like a small city in itself in the empty pasture land of these farms. We can feel the pride from the people in these towns as well as the farmers, and it takes everyone coming together to pull them off,” he wrote on his website.

The Farm Tour began in 2009 to raise funds and awareness for farmers and farm towns. A portion of the proceeds go for college scholarships to students from agricultural families or are studying agriculture in school. More than 50 scholarships have been awarded and the annual shows have drawn more than 100,000 fans.

Bryan’s first nine albums have included 14 number-one hits including: “Rain is a Good Thing,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Drunk on You,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink A Beer” and “Play it Again.”

Statz Farm has been a family-owned business since 1966, founded by Donnie and Richard Statz and incorporated in 1971. They achieved first place in the Landmark 2013 Forage Bowl.

Statz Bros. produces 350,000 pounds of milk a day and an average of 10,500,000 pounds in a month. With two locations, the farmers are milking approximately 1,350 cows in a double 20 herringbone parlor at the home farm location and approximately 2,950 cows in a double 50 parallel parlor at the B farm location.

They have Holstein and Jersey cows and are milking around 4,300 cows three times a day. The farm employs 100 workers and participates in international training programs for young farmers where trainees come from various countries including Brazil, Germany, Czech Republic, Mali, Argentina, Mexico, Japan and South Africa.

Jolma said that the farm practices healthy practices of animals. The free stall barns were built with cow comfort in mind and is equipped with overhead fans, curtains, roof vents, and a sprinkler system to keep the cows cool on those hot summer days. The stalls are bedded with separated solids, produced on farm with the anaerobic digester and solid and liquid separation process.

One feature Jolma said is unique is that they have an anaerobic digester, a 16-feet concrete in-ground tank with a plug flow design where manure enters and moves through the digester without oxygen, eliminating bacteria and odor in the manure and separating the manure into three different by products of bedding, biogas and liquid fertilizer.

Milk does not come out of a sick cow, Jolma emphasized.

“There is so much false information. There are a lot of health benefits. We always welcome guests and visitors and see what goes into milk and how safe and sanitary it is,” she said.

“We take great pride in the dairy industry. We strive to be the best we can be,” Jolma said.

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