Jim and Connie Stannard

Olmsted County
2017

Big Shaggy Buffalo Farm has been in the family for over 140 years. Connie is the fifth generation of her family on the farm. Her family arrived from Limerick, Ireland, and started farming in 1876. The farm has a history of dairy, hogs, beef, and chickens. Currently, Jim and Connie have a herd of 38 buffalo.

The 160-acre farm consists of 89 acres of cropped land that’s rented out for corn and soybeans. Pasture and hay production make up the rest of the farm. Several bee hives were added this year.

Jim and Connie run all aspects of raising their buffalo herd in addition to growing vegetables, making apple jelly and apple sauce from their apple trees, raising pumpkins for family and friends and putting up raspberry jam.

Jim served on the Salem Township Planning and Zoning Board for 12 years. Connie was on the Board of Adjustment for six. The Stannards are members of the Minnesota Buffalo Association, where they volunteer on the promotions committee. They are members of the National Bison Association and the Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance. Jim and Connie conduct presentations to area groups on buffalo and over the years the Stannards have mentored potential producers, some of whom now have their own herds.

 

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