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Goodhue County Farm Family

Zumbroview Farms, LLC

Mike Veiseth is the fourth generation of the Veiseth family to farm the land in Goodhue County just outside of Zumbrota. Mike and his brother, Dennis, partnered 30 years ago to continue operating the family farm. The farm has always been a dairy farm with other species mixed in at various times in the early years. Over the past three decades, Mike and Dennis made various changes and improvements to the operation including the addition of a bedded pack shed, a stack and slab manure handling system, and they added a swing-ten parlor onto the existing tie-stall barn. The Veiseths also partnered with the University of Minnesota to add an upgraded milkhouse waste treatment system.

Currently, the family milks about 80 cows in a swing-ten parlor that was built in 2014. The Veiseths use conservation practices including contour strips and grass waterways. The farm’s 400 acres produce corn, corn silage and alfalfa. A small beef herd of 30 head is also part of the family’s business.

The family aspect of running a farm has always been important to the Veiseths. In the past, Mike’s nephews have all worked on the farm and currently Mike’s daughters assist.

Mike is the owner/operator of the farm; his wife, Casey, is a speech pathologist and chief household manager. Mike and Casey have three daughters. Kjersten is a recent University of Minnesota graduate who assists with milking and general farm chores and is employed by Ag Partners in Plainview. Liv will be attending the University of Minnesota this fall majoring in environmental sciences and Liesl attends Goodhue schools. Liv and Liesl also help with general farm chores.

Mike and Casey serve on the Goodhue County American Dairy Association board where Mike has been the chair for the past six years. The family has been active in the Goodhue County 4-H program for 17 years. Casey has been a local 4-H club leader, served on county project committees and has been involved with the county 4-H council. The family actively supports their local school and the many activities that their daughters have been involved in. Mike works as the statistician for the Goodhue Wildcats football team. The Veiseths are very involved in their church.

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