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Waseca County Farm Family

Sommers Brothers Custom Baling LLC 

Brian and Matthew Sommers started Sommers Brothers Custom Baling in 2006 when they purchased their first big square baler. They were 18 and 20 years old. They specialize in large square bales of hay, grass and corn stalks for customers in Waseca and surrounding counties. The baling business is owned by Brian and Kirsten Sommers and Matt and Nicole Sommers. 

The brothers both attended Ridgewater College in Willmar, graduating with degrees in dairy management. In 2009, the brothers purchased a neighbor’s dairy herd and blended the cows with their father’s herd. They milked cows until April of 2022 when the herd was sold. This ended a 135-year tradition of dairy farming in the family. The families crop farm 525 acres and operate the baling business.

Tragically, in January 2024, Brian passed away from a workplace non-farm-related accident. The loss of a father of four, husband, brother, son, and friend has been extremely challenging for the family.

Brian and Kirsten’s four children are Owen, Caden, Evelyn and Jameson. Brian acted as the customer's first point of contact for the baling business, and Kirsten and the kids could often be found tagging along. Owen and Caden would sometimes drive the tractor. They all loved being part of the dairy industry and together purchased a couple of dairy heifers for their children to show.

Matt and Nicole have two children, Danielle and Henry, with another child expected soon!

Brian and Kirsten have been active 4-H volunteers. Brian was in 4-H in his youth. They’ve also been involved in the Waseca County American Dairy Association, Waseca youth football, wrestling, t-ball/baseball, Waseca Community Education, and their church and children’s school. In addition, Kirsten also serves on the Sacred Heart School Board.

Matt is a supervisor with the Waseca County Soil and Water Conservation District. Brian and Matt have been involved in the South-Central Technical College Farm Business Management program.

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