Robert and Carol Schafer

Mahnomen County

January 1, 1956, Robert and Carol Schafer, from Marshall, MN, began managing Schermerhorn Farm in Mahnomen, MN. The operation had 180 registered Hereford producing cows on 2,500 acres. It produced hay, corn, and oats for feed and wheat and 100 acres of potatoes for cash crops. In 1965, the farm and cattle were sold to Oxley Hereford Ranch which the Schafer’s continued to manage. Six hundred acres and 400 producing cows were added. After college two of Schafer’s sons, Ron and Don, returned to the ranch to work full time. The family then started showing bulls in the carload division at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. They also began having an annual sale and selling cattle and semen to people all over the world. At age 73, Robert decided to slow down. His sons did not want to manage the ranch with the cattle, so it was decided to disperse the herd. Ron then began managing the ranch growing cash crops, wheat, corn, soybeans, and hay. The pastures are rented out and the ranch has a few cows to produce locker beef. At 80, Robert and Carol continue to live on the ranch and help with farming and maintenance.

Robert and Carol have five children. In the community, Carol has been involved with the Mahnomen Public School, Historical Society, Homemakers group, her local church, and 4-H. Robert has been on the Mahnomen County Extension Committee, MN Hereford, Wild Rice Stockmen’s, Red River Valley Livestock, MN Beef Improvement, and MN Beef Council Associations. The Schafer Family has also been inducted into MN Livestock and American Hereford Association Halls of Fame.

mahnomen, 2010

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