Meet Our Farmers
Margaret Johnson’s love for dairy began at a young age. “Early on we were required to do chores around the farm,” said Margaret, “It became a special time for me to spend time with my dad.”
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For Dorrich Dairy in Glenwood, Minnesota, innovation comes in the form of tiny wasp larvae. The six-legged insects may be small, but they’re having a huge impact controlling the farm’s fly population, improving cow comfort, minimizing the use of pesticides and reducing the 400-cow operation’s impact on the environment.
Steve and Lisa Groetsch from Albany, Minnesota, began dairy farming together after they were married in 1989. Starting with 40 cows in a stall barn, they always had an eye to the future and making improvements to the dairy to benefit their farm, their cows and their family.
Blake and Chicky Otte started Square Deal Dairy in 1997 with the hopes of continuing the farm for generations. Fast forward 20 years and they are now farming with the help of their three sons Tyler, Bret and Eric. Their commitment to sustainability and planning for the future earned them the honor of being named Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s 2016 Dairy Farm Family of the Year.