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Rice County Farm Family

Saemrow Dairy

The family’s Rice County farm was first settled by Charles Saemrow in the early 1890s. He was followed by his son, Herman, and then Herman’s son, Herb, in the late 1950s. In the 1980s, Herb’s sons, Ron, Gordon, Keith, and Wayne, took ownership.

The Saemrow farm currently consists of 800 milking cows. All heifer calves are raised as replacements and steers are raised and sold as feeders. The family grows about 2,200 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, alfalfa and grass hay. The Saemrows are also contract feeders for Jennie O’ Turkeys.

Management of the farm is supplied by the four brothers; labor comes from 25 people including employees and seven members of the family.

The Saemrow family is led by Marian. The mother of the four sons turned 95 this year and still works every day in the calf barn. The rest of the family includes Ron and his wife, Brenda, and sons Matt and Tyler; Gordy and his wife, Hindy, and their children, Judd, Jack, Jacy, and Jobb; Keith and his wife, Jackie, along with their children, Lisa and Wyatt; and Wayne and his wife, Abby.

The four Saemrow sons and their wives have served or are currently serving on boards for the Rice County American Dairy Association, Land O’ Lakes, 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, Ag Partners, Genesis Ag, as well as on local school and church boards. Family members also volunteer for the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department, FFA, 4-H committees and volunteer opportunities, coach youth sports, take part in the North Morristown Community Club and teach Sunday School.

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