Growth and Grain
Since the family settled on their farm in Baldwinsville, they’ve grown the herd of about 100 milking cows to 400 in order to support more family members. The Scholtens also developed a grain and legume-growing business, raising wheat, soybeans and corn, much of which goes to a local ethanol plant. The brothers divide tasks among the two parts of the business. “I’ve always liked cows. I’m the cow boy,” Wayne says with a chuckle. John does the cropping and Piels helps with crops and fieldwork.
Most of the next generation of Scholtens have followed other paths although the youngest Scholten brother, Robert’s son, Robbie, is studying agriculture and might follow the family tradition. His brother, Billy, has also worked on the farm. The brothers are proud of the fact that their milk goes to make Cabot products and Wayne always includes Cabot cheese in his holiday gift baskets. “When we go visit people,” he says, “I can see in their eyes they’re hoping we’ve brought their cheese.”