Roger and Richard Hoen
Hollandale Farms has been in the Hoen family for over a century. Leonard Hoen Sr. built a 44-cow tie-stall barn in 1957 and added a 34-cow tie-stall addition in 1971. In 1977, Leonard, Roger and Richard formed a partnership and named it Hollandale Farms. Leonard passed away three years later, and Roger and Richard continued the partnership.
Roger and Richard currently run 750 acres. They grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and oats. Much of what is grown is fed to their livestock. The Hoens are currently phasing out their 98-cow milking herd and will continue to raise about 100 head of young stock and replacement heifers.
Roger and his wife, Carol, have seven children: Jim, Bill, Greg, Tony, Julie, Kellie and Kari. Richard and his wife, Kim, have two children, Kyle and Kelsey. All the kids pitched in to help with farm work when they were young. The boys continue to help with milking, repairs and fieldwork when needed. With the help of family, friends and neighbors over the past few years, the Hoens have been able to keep the family farm operating.
Roger is active on the cemetery board at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne. Roger and Carol volunteer at church fundraisers and events. Rich has volunteered with the Carver County Holstein Board, Bongards Creamery Board and the county’s Dairy Day Committee. He’s also coached the local 4-H dairy judging team. Hollandale Farms is a longtime supporter of 4-H and FFA, where all the Hoen children were participants.