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Houston County Farm Family

Dan and Cheryl Wiste & Bjorn and Amanda Rud

The Wiste farm was purchased in 1947 by Dan’s grandparents, Reuben and Sarah Wiste. Many years later, Dan’s parents, Robert and Helen, purchased the farm and started expanding by buying more land. Dan began farming full-time after graduating from high school. He later purchased the farm from his parents and has made improvements to the original building site.

Dan and Cheryl’s daughter, Amanda, has been home farming with her dad since graduating from college in 2009. They milk about 50 dairy cows and raise their own replacement heifers. They have around 40 beef cows and feed out all their steers, both dairy and beef. The family grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa and oats.

Dan and Cheryl are the owner-operators of the farm. Also involved in the operation are Amanda and her husband, BJ, along with their children, Abby, Kailey, Jake and Emily. Dan is involved in all aspects of the operation. Amanda handles daily chores including milking and calf care. BJ helps with fieldwork. Also contributing to the farm’s success are Dan and Cheryl’s son, Jim, along with their daughter Rachel and her husband Josh Mattson, and their kids, Cole and Gavin.

Dan is currently serving as a Blackhammer Township supervisor. He has served on the family’s church council and the boards of the county American Dairy Association and DHIA. He has volunteered time at the Houston County Fair.

Cheryl has held numerous positions at her church, is a member of the Garden Club and the county Relay for Life team. She also volunteers with the county fair. Amanda is also very involved in the Houston County Fair and is a member of her local Holstein Club. She coaches elementary school girls’ basketball and was a district delegate for Accelerated Genetics.

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