Dan and Kay Persons Family
Dan and Kay moved to the Raymer Stock Farm in Grant County in 1997 and began raising cattle. Five years later, the couple introduced 50 head of sheep to graze the pastures with the cows. Within five more years, the Persons expanded to 800 ewes and sold the cattle. The couple rotationally grazes the ewes on pasture in the summer and houses them in a feedlot during the winter.
Several years ago the Persons family learned about a new study being done by Glycoscienceresearch Inc. The research involves a molecule called GM1 that is harvested from certain lambs and might be used to improve the quality of life for sufferers of Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The Persons raise sheep that are carriers of the GM1 gene.
Dan and Kay lamb out about 1,000 ewes from mid-January through early June and also in October. The lambs are raised from birth to finishing on the farm.
Dan is in charge of the sheep operation. Kay works full-time at Farmers State Bank and also has an active role in the farm. Dan is currently chairman of the Land Township Board and Kay is active on the Horizon’s Committee. The Persons are members, and have had numerous leadership roles, in the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association, American Sheep Industries Association, Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program and the Hoffman Commerce and Agriculture Club.