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Rademacher Family recognized as 2017 Stearns County Farm Family of the Year

University of Minnesota Extension, Stearns County News
August 23, 2017        
           
Source:  Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator-Livestock
University of Minnesota Extension
Stearns, Benton & Morrison Counties

 

Rademacher Family recognized as 2017 Stearns County Farm Family of the Year
By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (08/23/2017) — The Greg and Audrey Rademacher family of Brooten has been named the Stearns County Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

Greg and Audrey purchased 160 acres in 1977. They bought 10 cows and three years later, they were milking 14 head and had seven springing heifers. In 1983, they bought 10 Jersey cows and continued to grow. Today, the family milks 206 cows and farms 390 acres of owned and rented land.

The Radermachers have five children. Their son, Aaron, graduated from Ridgewater College in 2001 and wanted to return home to farm. The farm again expanded and in 2010 Aaron and Greg formed Radermacher Dairy LLC.

Greg and Audrey handle the bookkeeping. Greg also helps feed, takes care of machinery repair and does a majority of the field work. Greg and Aaron together manage the cropland. Aaron manages the dairy herd and takes care of the calves along his wife Jessica and five children. Jessica also manages the employees and, along with granddaughter Faith, serves as a relief milker. Greg and Audrey’s son Isaac is in charge of heifer and manure management, helps with milking and field work. Grandson Zachary helps milk on weekends and is Aaron’s assistant herd manager.

The family was officially recognized in a ceremony on August 3rd at Farmfest, as well as at the Stearns County Fair.

Families receiving Farm Family of the Year honors are selected by their local county Extension committees and have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agriculture production.

“These farm families are a major driver of Minnesota's economy and the vitality of Minnesota's rural communities,” said Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension. “The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these farm families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.” 
PHOTO: University of Extension Dean Bev Durgan (back, left) with Stearns County’s 2017 Farm Family of the Year, Greg and Audrey Rademacher family of Brooten

Contacts

Emily Wilmes
Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems - Livestock
(320) 255-6169
krek0033@umn.edu
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