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Becker County Farm Family

Tim and Kristine Hendrickson

Tim and Kristine bought their first group of beef cows in 2007. The Hendrickson family now calve out about 180 cows, with calving starting in mid-April.

The family’s pastures are all rotationally grazed. The Hendricksons put most of the cows’ manure out in the pastures and reseed to increase productivity. They no-till their crops as much as they can.

The Hendricksons background the calves of their 180-cow herd. They make hay and raise a variety of forages on approximately 600 acres with about 400 acres in pasture. They enjoy checking on and rotating the cows as a family.

Tim oversees day-to-day operations, which include cow care, feed and planting decisions. Kristine handles the bookkeeping and takes care of the fencing and rotating the cows when her family is busy making hay.

Tim and Kristine’s children are all involved in the operation. Kate is the parts-runner and likes to check on the cows. Gabe helps with feeding along with cutting and raking hay. Jada and Rena are gate watchers, twine cutters and help rotate the cows.

Tim and Kristine are members of the Minnesota Farmers Union and are licensed insurance agents for Farmers Union Insurance. Kate is a reporter for her school’s FFA.

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