Virgil and Karen Ackerman
Virgil and Karen purchased their farm in 1972. Over the years, they have milked up to 80 registered Brown Swiss in a double parlor. In 2013 Virgil suffered his second stroke and since then has been unable to milk and do chores. Virgil and Karen sold their milk cows, but still have a number of heifers and continue to raise corn and alfalfa. Virgil and Karen have five children. Jill, the second oldest daughter, has been farming with her parents for the past 20 years. All of Virgil and Karen’s children come home when needed and during planting and harvesting.
In the community, Virgil has been on the Minnesota Brown Swiss Association and Meeker County DHIA Board. Karen has been active with the Canton IV Brown Swiss Association, 4-H, and Meeker County dairy judging contests for 4-H and FFA. Virgil and Karen received the Minnesota Purebred Dairy Cattle Association Outstanding Breeder Award for Service and Dedication to the Dairy Industry in 2004. The family has shown dairy cattle at the Meeker County for over 50 years, the MN State Fair for over 20 years, and World Dairy Expo for 3 years. They have also hosted Breakfast on the Farm, Canton IV and State Brown Swiss Picnics, and numerous 4-H, FFA, and collegiate dairy judging teams.