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Rock County Farm Family

Roos Family Farms

The Roos family farm was first started by Curt’s maternal grandfather and has been in the family for three generations. Curt took over the farm in 1976 and grew corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa and grass hay. He also raised sheep, hogs and cattle, with sheep being Curt’s primary focus. At his peak, Curt raised about 250 head of ewes and in 1979 he earned the Silver Bell Award from the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association for sheep production. In the 1980s, Curt also earned the Pioneer Shipper Award for his dedication to all three livestock species from the Sioux Falls Stockyards. In 1995, Curt sold all his hogs and focused on the sheep and cattle.

Currently, Curt runs a 50-pair cow/calf herd and a few head of sheep. He still grows corn, soybeans and oats and puts up a good deal of grass hay. He has dedicated himself to bringing young people into agriculture and now rents out most of his ground to younger farmers, leaving a smaller piece of land for him and his grandchildren to plant and harvest.

Curt’s wife, Joyce, is the bookkeeper of the operation. Their son, Tony, helps where needed, especially with construction projects. Their daughter, Anna Haas, helps on the farm as well and Anna owns her own cows that run with the main herd.

Curt has been involved in 4-H since 1964 when he was a member of his local club. He has served as the Club Sheep Superintendent and still volunteers today. Curt has supported both Rock and Pipestone counties’ 4-H through many different activities. He continues to be an advocate for younger generations to get started in farming and likes to be the first to lend a helping hand to the next generation of farmers.

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