The Carlsons’ fourth-generation family farm began in the early 1900s raising dairy cattle, beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, flax and alfalfa. The family also did custom corn shelling and small grain threshing.
Today, the Carlsons raise registered Angus cattle and grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa. A new hog finishing facility is expected to be completed by year’s end.
Randy and his son, Jared, are partners in the operation. Randy is manager of day-to-day operations. Jared is primarily involved in beef production and the future hog operation. Randy’s wife, Sue, provides general support to the farm and keeps beef production records. The Carlsons’ daughter, Jaden, is a graduate research assistant in the Veterinary Sciences Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She helps on the farm when she’s home.
The Carlsons are members of the National and Minnesota Angus Associations and Pipestone County Cattlemen. Randy and Jared are members of the National Junior Simmental and Shorthorn Associations and the Pipestone County Corn and Soybean Growers Association. Randy is a Sweet Township supervisor and Sue is a past member of the Pipestone County Extension Committee.