Melichar Broad Acres, LLC

Melichar Broad Acres, LLC is a Dairy Farm in Port Washington, WI. “It was my Grandpa Charlie that came up with the name back in 1937 when he and Grandma Lola purchased it,” according to Jim Melichar. The operation of the dairy farm is now in the hands of Jim and his wife, Sherri, along with his son, Adam, and daughter-in-law, Kendall. Jim is the first generation to work full time on the farm but admitted that a career in farming wasn’t his first choice. It was a matter of being the right age at the time of an unfortunate circumstance. He is one of eight siblings and was the only one still home when his father passed away. It just made sense for him to take it over at that time. Now Jim Melichar believes it’s the link between Faith, Family and the Farm that makes it all work.

“FAITH is what keeps this farm going,” Jim said. “We believe it is always going to get better.”

He enjoys working with FAMILY, because it is fun watching them grow and learn new things. Jim said that his son, Adam, has learned a lot from needing to find solutions to production and other challenges of the dairy. “Adam and Kendall are both very smart and bring new operating ideas,” Jim said. Adam and Kendall have 4 children. Carter, Grant, Scarlett, or Alexa could be the 5th generation to get involved in the operation and keep it going into the future.

Jim takes pride in the care he gives the calves on their FARM. They are the future. “The healthier the calf, the better the cow,” he said. Their cropping system also plays an important role in the farm's success. They have started with cover crops to maintain and improve soil health.

The Melichars want to be considerate neighbors to their nearby communities. Jim helps to make that connection between agriculture and the non-farming community by serving as the Town Board Chairman of Port Washington. As a member of the Watershed Clean Farm Families Organization, he continues to demonstrate that message. Jim is a member of the Dairy Promotion Board for Ozaukee County and also served 15 years on the Board of Directors for the former Kettle Lakes Co-op.

Jim is also known for his pig roasting skills and you may see him around at local trap shooting events when he takes time off for some fun. Thank you to Jim and his family for participating in Farmer Friday and sharing the story of their dairy operation. We enjoyed your positive approach and wish you continued success!

#FarmerFriday ...post #62. To show our appreciation to our producer members, Country Visions Cooperative will be giving a snapshot look of our customers and their operations in this feature each Friday