Breakfast on the Farm

Posted: 5/13/2015


Ode family opens doors to community


BRANDON,  SD – The Ode family is celebrating June Dairy Month by hosting an open house on their farm, Royalwood Dairy near Brandon, on Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will provide guests with an opportunity to see first-hand where the dairy products they enjoy get their start. South Dakota Farm Families is hosting the event along with the Ode family.


Visitors can participate in guided tours of the dairy and learn more about dairy farming and how milk gets from the farm to the store.  Children’s entertainer, Phil Baker will provide entertainment for kids visiting the dairy at 10:00am and 11:00am.   Families can milk “Bessy” the cow, make crafts as a part of Hood Magazine’s Make N’ Take monthly activity and participate in other family friendly activities taking place. 


Since 2008 the Ode family has hosted an open house at their dairy every June in celebration of Dairy Month.  “We appreciate the Ode family’s willingness to open up their farm to their neighbors and folks from the surrounding communities,” said Rebecca Christman, Outreach director for Ag United.  “It is a great opportunity for people to see firsthand how committed South Dakota Dairy farmers are to their cows and the environment,” added Christman.


Royalwood Dairy is south of Brandon. Parking for the event will be at Preheim Land and Lawnscape located at 48130 SD-42, Brandon. From Sioux Falls follow 10th St. / Hwy 42 east of Sioux Falls for 4 miles. From Brandon drive 5 miles south on Hwy 11, turn east on Hwy 42 for ¼ mile. Shuttles will be running from the parking lot to the farm.


The event is sponsored in part by South Dakota Farm Families and Ag United, Midwest Dairy Association and South Dakota soybean farmers and their check-off.  


To learn more about South Dakota dairy families visit Midwest Dairy Association on the web at


Ag United was developed through a collaboration of farm organizations that support livestock production and development and includes the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Poultry Industries Association and the South Dakota Soybean Association. 



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