Rick Balzer’s parents, Lawrence and Arlene, bought the Balzer Family farm in 1949. Over the years, they cleaned up the land, added buildings, and raised dairy. After taking a year of Ag Mechanics at the Vocational Technical College in Austin, Rick went back to farm with his father. In 1984, Rick and his younger brother started a partnership and bought Lawrence’s cows. In 1992, Rick bought out his brother and continued to farm with his dad, wife, and kids. Today, Balzer Dairy milks 103 cows in a tie stall barn. They raise all of their own heifers, and raise bull calves up to sell as steers. On their farm, they have 320 acres of corn, 125 acres of alfalfa, and 50 acres of oats. Rick and his wife Cathy do most of the milking with some hired high school kids and family. They use a portable TMR for feeding, bag their own haylage, and have a Harvestore silo for high moisture corn. Rick and Cathy have four sons, Brandon (wife Bailey and children Claira Jae and Penny June), Scott, Ross, and Reid. All of the boys help when and where they can.
When their kids were in school, the Balzers hosted many tours from Medford School and volunteered in 4-H. They have also spent time working in the ADA Malt Stand and have hosted Breakfast on the Farm.