“We give all of our animals the highest quality of care,” Jimmy Beckenstrater said. All 130 of their cows are raised on beautiful pasture. Milking cows are housed in a free stall barn with straw-bedded stalls to keep them clean and comfortable.
Sustainability is paramount to Jimmy and his brothers. To help protect their land and water, they implement a variety of sustainability practices including no-till farming and maintaining ditch lines to slow down any sediment run-off. To protect the waterways, all animals are kept out of the streams and ponds, and the crop fields along streams have buffer zones to minimize any run-off into the water. The family also plants cover crops to help protect the soil during winter.
This multi-generational farm already has the next generation of farmers lending a helping hand. Jimmy’s two school-aged children love to help out on the farm. Both children are taking an interest in agriculture and are active in their school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. “My kids are learning a great deal in FFA and we learn from them too,” Jimmy said.
Their commitment to caring for their animals is evident in the high-quality milk they provide to their community. The family earned top recognition twice from Maola receiving the annual Milk Quality Award.
“The most rewarding part of dairy farming is having a farm that carries on my Grandfather’s dream and providing quality milk to the public,” Jimmy said.