Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of the Mississippi River area of western Wisconsin, this 350-cow dairy, pleasantly named as “SunRay Dairy” of Mindoro, WI, is located about 30 miles north of Lacrosse, WI, or about 150 miles southeast of Minneapolis, MN. There is a Germania Double 8 parallel parlor, expandable to a double 12, with stainless steel stalls. There is a clean office area with a separate bathroom with shower, and a separate well-organized milking equipment utility room. The milking cow holding area has open walls for great summer ventilation on the way into the parlor, and is conveniently sloped for easy drainage and for facing the cows toward the parlor. The milk bulk tank has a 2,000-gallon capacity. There are 4 main milking pens (two outer barns) with 67 stalls per pen. The bedding is sand, which is sourced from the farms’ own acreage. There are another 67 stalls in special needs, between 4 pens; and then three “box stall” type pens about 12’ x 24’. Therefore that makes a total of 335 stalls, plus the box stall pens. The youngstock are started in calf hutches, and moved in to super hutches and a line of 8 open front pens with outdoor lots and mangers. In the open feed storage area, there are 2 commodity sheds, 2 hay sheds, and drive-over feed piles. There are two separate manure lagoons, with 2-million total gallon capacity. There is also a truck scale on the farm. There are a total of 181+/- acres included in the sale of the farm, of which about 123 acres are tillable, along with an additional 170 acres of cropland currently being leased. There are two homes on the farm. The clean and neat main home is located conveniently directly across the road from the dairy and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a small barn near the main home that was built in the early 1900’s, with roof and mow floor in excellent shape, and room below for animal housing. The second home is located half a mile east of the farm, and has 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The dairy is currently milking a registered herd of 215 Jerseys with an excellent combination of milk and components, low cell count; and a full line of replacement calves and heifers.
Free Stall #1 Post and beam free stall barn, 100 x 300-14 barn, 400 free stalls in 4 groups of 100 stalls. It is a 6 row barn, with center alley feeding. Approximately ½ of the bunk space on the feed alley has locking headgates. Stalls have sand bedding and are deep bedded with manure solids. Barn is not insulated and is connected to the holding area of the Milking Center. Manure is scraped to the center of the barn where there is a reception pit with slotted floor and is then pumped to the digester, from there the effluent is pumped to a covered earthen lagoon. The sidewalls are 14 foot curtains. Barn was built in 1997. New fans and a sprinkler system were added in 2000.
Free Stall Barn #2 110 x 361 – 14 6 Row with 488 stalls. Barn was built in 1998 and has the same construction as the first barn. Freestalls are sand bedded and deeded with manure solids. A 20 x 120 links building #1 and #2 and has curtain sidewalls and a palpation rail along one side.
Milking Center Milking center is 37 x 128 – 12 and includes the holding area, and a double 17 parallel milking parlor with ceramic tile wall. An addition 18 x 32 houses the milk room and utility room. A second addition 18 x 28 has office, break room, shower and rest rooms. The Milking Center is insulated and heated, except for the holding area which has curtain sidewalls.
Dry Cow/Special Needs Special needs barn built in 1998 is 60 x 88 and is perpendicular to the parlor/holding area, it was remodeled in 2001 at which time a 60 x 108 – 12 dry cow barn was added on. There are currently 86 free stalls in this area and several maternity pens, sick, pens and vet area, transfer alleys and gates, sand bedding in the free stalls, full curtain sidewalls.
Dairy Equipment Includes Boumatic Xpressway double 17 rapid exit parallel parlor, includes all milking equipment, ATOs cow ID system, plate cooler, chiller, auto wash, vac pumps, etc. A load out bay, with room for 3 tanker trucks to dock, tankers are used as bulk tanks. Includes three 25 ton bulk bins for feed, a 50 ton semi-truck scale. Gen-Set generator.
Manure System consists of a plug flow anaerobic digester entirely under the ground surface. The digester has concrete walls, floor and top and then covered with earth. Digester has heat pipes along the walls to speed the digestive process to 21 days and holds 800,000 gallons of manure. The effluent exits the digester and run through a Fan screw press to separate solids. The effluent is then pumped to the three manure lagoons, each lined with 4’ clay sidewalls and 3’ clay bottoms. Lagoon #1 has a 3.4 million gallon capacity, and the second lagoon has a 2.2 million gallon capacity and the third lagoon with 1.2 million gallon capacity. Each are plastic lined and have 2 lagoon covers, gas collection systems, collected methane gas is flared off.
Manure Solids Building 36 x 128 pole type building, with curtain sidewalls houses the screw press and collected digested manure solids. Concrete floor, insulated.
House 1 ½ story, air condition, farmhouse. Kitchen has newer cabinets and a vinyl floor, main floor has 2 bedrooms and a ¾ bath. Upper floor has 3 bedrooms and an older full bath. There is also a 4 season front porch with a hot tub.