Mark began farming in 1983. He started as a dairy farmer carrying on the tradition set by his father, Fred. In 1994, the farming operation moved to its present location and then expanded over time. Currently, the primary type of livestock on the Giese farm is Polypay sheep. Each year, 200 ewes are lambed out resulting in about 450 lambs. The family also feeds out around 400 head of cattle, 150 head of stock cows and 800 head of custom cattle round out the livestock on the farm. The Gieses own 160 acres, rent out another 400 and custom farm 240 acres.
Mark is the owner-operator of the farm and takes care of the livestock. His wife, Marylee, takes care of the books. Mark and Marylee have two daughters: Nicole and Natalie. Nicole and her husband, Chad, have a son, Cael, and Natalie and her husband, Vince, have two children, Carson and Audrey. Mark’s brother, Lyndon, is the grain farmer in the family. Nicole handles the sheep records.
Mark is a former Yellow Medicine County Fair Board member, a past member of the Lac Qui Parle County Livestock Committee and is a member of the American Polypay Sheep Association. Marylee is a past county fair board office worker. Nicole served as vice president of the American Polypay Sheep Association, Natalie is a past beef princess and both daughters have been officers in 4-H and FFA.