R and R Family Farms

Kandiyohi County
2017

The Orsten family began raising breeder turkey hens in 1967. Ray and Marge Orsten started with 600 turkeys and today the Orsten families raise about 70,000 breeder hens. In 1992, the Orstens added registered Hereford cows and in 2006 the families added row-crop farming into their system. The Orstens are the second generation of the family to raise turkeys and the third generation is preparing to continue the tradition.

Today, the Orsten families, Ross and Rhonda and their two sons, George and Darren, along with Ross’s brother Robert, his wife, Rochelle, and their five children RJ, Brady, James, Talia and Autumn, focus on producing high-quality turkey hatching eggs. They also raise about 800 acres of corn and soybeans and own a herd of about 120 registered Hereford cows. Several family members are involved and employed on the farm.

Robert is past president of the Minnesota Turkey Council and past president of the Community Christian School Board in Willmar. He and Rochelle are also senior high youth leaders at Living Hope Church in Willmar.

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