Raising Holstein cows has been a tradition for the Kieffer family since 1952 when Gary’s father, Leon Kieffer purchased the original farm. In 1988, Gary and Linda purchased the farm from Leon and his wife Fern. Over the years, Gary and Linda have made improvements to the farm including the addition of a free stall barn to hold 200 cows, the remodeling of the old barn to a parlor with a holding area, and the addition of 5 Lely robots, which milk 300 cows daily. The most recent change occurred on January 1, 2013 when the Kieffers formed a LLC. In addition to the cows, the Kieffers farm 600 acres, 200 of which are owned and 400 which are rented. They grow alfalfa and corn. Gary and Linda have three children. Son Chad is married to Kendra and live in Utica with their children Brea, Ava, and Bryson. Daughter Cortney is married to Ross Duncanson and the couple reside in Lewiston with their son Dylan. Daughter Bridget is deceased.
The Kieffers are FFA Alumni and have held student tours on their farm for both the St. Charles and Lewiston school districts. They have also been involved with the Winona County Dairy Showcase, Winona County Open Dairy Show, Winona County Dairy Judging, and the Minnesota Holstein Association. In addition, they have been hosts for the Precision Dairy Conference, as well participated in many multiple domestic and international tours.