The Alberts family homesteaded in the Pine Island area in 1854 when Hiram Alberts emigrated with his brother Klaus from Germany. They farmed at first in southern Goodhue County, but later moved to northern Dodge County. The farm has been passed to many generations including, Hiram Jr., Lloyd and Anna, and Kenneth and Myron. It is now owned and operated by partners Dave, Duane, and Rick Alberts, Kenneth’s three sons. The Alberts Pine-Shelter Farms currently milk 600 registered Holsteins in two facilities. The first registered animals on the farm were purchased from the U of M in 1919 by Lloyd Alberts. One of Alberts’ cows was the Grand Champion at the International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin in 2003. The families involved with the farm include mother Florence Alberts, Dave and Madge Alberts, Duane Alberts, Rick and Terry Alberts, Stan and Amy (Alberts) Sauder, and Dave’s children, Laura (Alberts) and Grant Schimek, and Eric and Angie Alberts. The Alberts have about 15 full and part time non-family employees.
Dave serves on the Minnesota Holstein Association Board and the Dodge County DHIA Board, and he was a delegate to the 2012 National Holstein Convention. His wife, Madge, is the township clerk for Milton Township and a Dodge County American Dairy Association Board member. Duane is vice president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Farm County Co-op Board. Rick has been involved with Land O Lakes, Genex, Dodge County Soil and Water Conservation District, and AgStar Nominating Committee. Rick and Terry have also been actively involved in the Berne Swissfest.