My family’s beef operation is not typical of the cattle finishing industry that operates here in Southern Minnesota. We purchase baby Holstein bull calves (3-10 days old) that are still on milk from the auction barns in Eastern Minnesota and West Central Wisconsin. The calves are raisedin individual pens on milk for about 6 weeks and then weaned to dry feed and moved to group pens by 8 weeks.
The calves are then fed all the way to finished steers at approximately 15 months of age weighing 1425 lbs. Their feed ration varies by their age and weight starting with whole shell corn and pellets (protein & roughage) and finally high moisture corn, corn silage, distillers grain and protein during the growing and finishing periods. Our owned and rented facilities can handle about 800 head total of all the different ages of Holstein steers.
The cattle business has been good to us for many years which is one of the reasons I chose to serve on the Minnesota Beef Council. This was a chance to give something back to the industry.
As chairman of the MBC Promotion Committee, I review all Local Producer Promotions that take place throughout the state. These activities are fantastic. These hardworking and creative cattlemen and cattlewomen are promoting the beef industry through many different activities, but two things they have in common are that they are volunteers doing lots of hard work and spending the checkoff dollars more efficiently than you would think possible.
My favorite cut of beef is the petite tender. This cut is so consistently tender. It can be enjoyed in many different ways, such as a bacon wrapped filet to shish kabobs. It can also be deep-fried and served as an appetizer.
My family: Wife Donna: Owns and operates an independent insurance agency housed in her offices on our farm site.Daughter: Sarah and her husband Brian recently moved back to the area to transition into the insurance agency.Daughter: Rachael and her husband Matt, have two sons (ages 3 & 5) and live ¼ mile from us. Rachael is an EBD teacher and Matt is a crop and hog farmer.