Gib and Michelle Mouser
The Mouser family farm is a first-generation farm. The family moved to Beltrami County in 2005 to start a large-animal veterinary business. The Mousers purchased their farm in 2006 and added horses and honey bees a year later. In 2012, the family added four registered Hereford cows and over the years increased to the 25 head they raise today.
The Mousers work on breeding for genetic improvement in their cattle and currently sell mostly breeding stock, while finishing a few steers for direct sale to customers. The family continues to keep honey bees; however, Michelle's father, Bob Carlson, has taken over beekeeping responsibilities; last year their 21 hives produced 400 quarts of honey. The Mousers’ 30 laying hens also produce eggs for sale.
Adding cattle to the farm was Gib and Michelle’s idea, but the cattle have become a passion for their home-schooled children, Cale and Haley. Both kids have a passion for showing their cattle through 4-H and commercial shows.
Cale and Haley are members of the Nebish North Stars 4-H Club. They raise and show animals and participate in knowledge-based projects. Michelle is a 4-H volunteer and coach for the general livestock project bowl team. Michelle has done presentations in local schools on beekeeping. Gib is involved in the Beltrami County agricultural community through his farm-based veterinary business.