Glen Wendt, a dairy farmer from Lincoln County, won the drawing for a free tractor rollover protective structure (ROPS) at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.
The ROPS drawing was part of a joint promotion by McMillan-Warner Mutual Insurance Company of Marshfield, and the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, to promote the Wisconsin ROPS Rebate Program. Wendt’s name was drawn July 12, by Jenny Sternweis, of Sternweis Farms, which co-hosted Farm Technology Days with Weber’s Farm Store/Heiman Holsteins.
Glen Wendt, a dairy farmer from Merrill, won the drawing for a free rollover protective structure (ROPS) at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. He’s going to retrofit an International 766. With Glen is his wife, Brenda, and brother, Jack.
“I think this is the first time I’ve ever won anything,” Wendt said.
Wendt plans to retrofit an International 766, the tractor he uses most while farming 400 acres and milking 50 cows. Wendt and his brother, Jack, work together on the farm established by their father, Harold.
"The farm has changed quite a bit," Wendt said. "Pa started it from scratch; there wasn’t a building on this site. I took over in 1980, but Pa stayed involved. He lived to 93, and was still cutting hay at 90."
Wendt said he’s been lucky, and has not had a serious injury. He’s glad to get rollover protection, because although, “we try to farm as safe as we can, accidents do happen.”
"This is a godsend," said Wendt’s wife, Brenda. "It’s peace of mind, knowing that the rollbar is always going to be there, protecting."