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Wabasha County Farm Family

T-N-T Dairy

Troy Fick’s parents, Marvin and Ruth, purchased the Fick family farm in 1972. Troy is one of their four children. The family milked 50 cows in a tie-stall barn and in 1998 Troy took over the dairy. In 2000, Troy built a double-8 herringbone parlor in the existing tie-stall barn. Two years later, he built the slurry store. Troy married Tara Leonhardt in 2004. In 2007, Troy built another freestall barn.

Currently, the Fick family milks 230 cows in a double-8 herringbone parlor. They raise all their own heifers and sell their bull calves. The family plants and harvests their own crops. The Ficks' four children, Mallory, Rylee, Abby and Nolan, play a big role in the farm. The Ficks also have two employees that take care of the milking.

Troy oversees mixing feed and scraping barns and he runs the chopper. Tara feeds all the calves, drives the silage truck and helps bed the barns. All the children have responsibilities on the farm that include feeding calves, scraping barns, driving the silage truck and tractor, and packing silage.

The family is active in their local 4-H club and are members of the Wabasha County Cattlemen’s Association.

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