Gorentz Dairy is a fifth generation family farm that has been in the family since 1911. Steve and his father Edward farmed together until 1982, when Steve married Annette and the couple took over full time. Steve and Annette were blessed with four children; Jonathan, Joel, Nathan, and Andrew. In 2008 Jon and his wife Karen joined the family operation with their 17 head of Jersey cows. Today Gorentz Dairy has 180 dairy cows and 18 natural Angus beef cows. In addition to the livestock, they run more than 1000 acres of cropland, growing alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and oats. Gorentz Dairy employs one full time and two part time employees. On the farm, Steve, Annette, Jonathan, Karen, Joel, Nathan, Andrew, Steve’s sister Karen, and Annette’s brother Douglas all work together. Jon and Karen have two children who will someday be helpers on the farm; Jaden (4) and Kaylin (7 months).
The Gorentz family was active with 4-H and FFA. In addition, Steve has been involved with the Heart of the Lakes Barbershop Group, Annette has been active with LWML and Sunday school, and Jonathan has been treasurer of West Central Holstein Club, a church trustee, and a substitute Ag teacher. Jon’s wife Karen has been a volunteer for Ag-in-the-classroom, and involved with the East Otter Tail Ag Society, East Otter Tail Open Class Dairy, and LWML. Steve’s sister Karen is active with LWML and St. Paul’s Lutheran church and school.