Duane and Mary Nelson
Duane and Mary from Winthrop,MN began their journey together in the early 80s with a few cows and a rented facility. Over the years they built a herd by breeding for high quality genetics and progressive type, which allowed them to create a strong foundation herd. Investments such as a skid loader, TRM mixer, motorized feed cart, and multiple building improvements, has led to improvements in efficiency, consistency, and reduced labor needs. Today the Nelsons continue to milk about 50 cows which are a mixture of Holsteins and Ayrshires. They raise their own young stock and market excess milking cows and heifers. Duane and Mary have three children; Erik, Tracy, and Brenda. Son, Erik, an agronomist, and wife Megan live by Brownton with their sons, Charlie and Levi. Daughter, Tracy, is the agriculture teacher at Kimball High School. Daughter, Brenda, is married to Alex Miller and lives in Sauk Centre. They are expecting their first child this November.
Off the farm, the Nelsons are active with coaching dairy judging, the CRI Board, Winthrop Lions, and substitute teaching. In 1995, Duane and Mary were awarded the Distinguished Young Breeder award by the National Holstein Association.