Buckentine Family Dairy
John and Jeanie Buckentine along with their three children are the third and fourth generations living and working the family farm. The farm was first purchased by John’s grandfather, Henry, in 1949 and then in 1958 was sold to John’s father Ralph. In 2005 John and Jeanie purchased the buildings and some of the land.
Today the Buckentines milk 50 registered and grade Holsteins, Ayrshires and Brown Swiss. They also raise dairy steers and run a farrow to finish swine operation. The family raises its own feed that consists of corn, oats and soybeans.
All three of John and Jeanie’s children, Michael, Katie and Anna, are involved in the farm—especially with the dairy and crops.
Michael is a graduate of South Central College in Mankato with degrees in Agribusiness Service and Management and agronomy. Katie is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls majoring in chemistry and dairy science. And Anna will be a junior this fall at Chanhassen High School and is very involved in 4-H and FFA.
The Buckentines have been involved with a variety of community and farm organizations over the years–including the National and Minnesota Holstein Associations and the United Church of Christ.