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Pine County Farm Family

Steve and Estelle Martin

Steve’s grandfather, Fred, purchased the original farm in 1920. He and his wife, Lydia, raised various livestock with their seven children. Steve’s parents, Arlan and Della, moved back to the farm in 1954 and purchased it. The couple ran a dairy operation with their six children. Steve moved back to the farm in 1986 after attending the University of Minnesota-Waseca and began dairy farming with his parents. Steve married Estelle in 1994 and they have a son, Joshua.

The Martins currently milk 51 Holstein cows in a step-up flat parlor. The cows are housed in a sand-bedded free-stall barn. The family raises their own replacement heifers and sells their bull calves. They own 320 acres and rent another 20. The land is used for grass hay and pasture; the Martins purchase grain from Munson Lakes Nutrition.

Steve and Estelle are the owner-operators of their farm. Joshua, who works off the farm as a security officer, helps when needed.

The Martins are members of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, MN Dairy Herd Improvement Association, American Dairy Association and Land O’Lakes Cooperative. They belong to Peace Lutheran Church in Finlayson. Steve and Estelle volunteer with many local organizations including the Hinckley/Finlayson Schools, the local fire department, Sandstone Soccer Association, the Pine County Dairy Board, the DHIA Board and their church.

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