District 9 (Menominee, Shawano and Waupaca counties)
Incumbent Jeff Strassburg of Wittenburg is challenged by Donald Robaidek of Pulaski.
Candidate: Donald Robaidek
Farm Name (if applicable): Robaidek Farm Partnership
County of Residence: Shawano County
When did you begin dairy farming? I farmed with my mother and father, and then, since 1990, I own and operate the farm (Robaidek Farm Partnership) with my two sisters Jane and Jean Robaidek.
How many cows do you milk? 61 cows; 75 calves to springing heifers
Where do you ship your milk? Agropur
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to: Shawano County Holstein Association
Have you (or your farm) received special recognition or won any relevant awards?
We have received numerous Gold Medal Dam and Gold Medal Sire awards. The farm has also been "Friends of 4-H" for many years. We receive an "Honorary Chapter FFA Degree" from Pulaski FFA in 2007. But the one thing I am most proud of is being Chaperone for the Shawano County Dairy Youth at Wisconsin State Fair and having the youth win the Top Dairy Herdsmanship in 2006 and first blue in 2007.
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
I would like to serve on the WMMB Board to represent all dairy producers in District 9 to make sure that their dairy dollars are used to make the dairy industry more profitable. I would like to have our dairy farms and the dairy industry promote that farmers produce a healthy and natural product. By using new technology on the farm to make a healthy and natural product, our dairy plants are now producing new variety of cheeses that are healthier for the consumer.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
Having served on the Board for three years, I would like to have dairy products promoted more in our schools as a healthy and natural choice. I feel the youth should be given more opportunities to receive dairy products in school, such as cheese sticks, cheese curds and yogurt. Milk machines need to be placed back into the schools. In our school district, they removed them this last year. I also would like for all dairy producers in District 9 to know that I will be available for any questions and concerns they may have at any time.