Your Farm

With a diverse operation that includes several businesses, the Hurst family is focused on the future

It all started with a small dairy farm, a tiny convenience store outside the farm’s entrance and a desire to be sustainable for generations.

Today, the operation that started with George Hurst and his father, Earl, is a thriving group of partnerships that includes the 500-cow, 900-acre Oregon Dairy, a 35,000-square-foot supermarket that employs 360 people, a 200-seat family...

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Young Cooperators Jim and Shelly Grosenick have done a lot in their five years together. Since 2010, they have started a family, remodeled their home, expanded their dairy and rebuilt their barn following a 2013 fire, after which Shelly transitioned from working off the farm to dairying fulltime.

Now, the couple has an unusual item to add to that list: producing a local television show.

Shelly started the talk show, Bountiful Wisconsin, in fall 2014, when a local...

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Brent Jennings comes from a long tradition of farming and started milking his own cows in 1992. After taking a break in 1999, he returned to dairying in 2011. He is dedicated to keeping his cows comfortable and his milk quality high by making continuous improvements on Mooville Farms in Alba, Texas.

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Milking cows.

“Keeping the cows comfortable and healthy is one of our top priorities. We’ve installed a palpation rail, a 400-cow feed lane with shades and misters on auto...

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Chris Kraft
Badger Creek Dairy
Fort Morgan, Colo.

Milking 5,400 cows on two operations in Colorado, Chris Kraft and his wife, Mary, are heavily involved in all aspects of their business. Their hands-on approach to dairying is fueled by their passion for their animals, land and industry.

“I’ve never worked a day in my life,” Chris says. “When you love what you do, it never feels like work.”

A member of DFA’s Board of Directors since 2013, Chris’ passion...

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