Dan and Karen Koester Family

Rice County

Since 1954, the Koester family has been raising quality registered Hereford cattle on their farm in the Northfield-Dennison area of Rice County.

Dan and Karen were married in 1972 and immediately built a herd from the Herefords Dan had accumulated when he was single. The first bull the Koesters purchased, Winrock Sam Dom 1, defined a structurally sound herd. Current cattle and certain traits of the Koester herd can be traced back to this bull. Today, the farm runs 70 registered cows.

The Koesters are strong supporters of conservation work on their farm. They mainly raise forages for their cattle.

Karen is in charge of general farm management and its finances. The Koesters’ daughter Audra supports the farm long-distance from Arizona with advertising and computer work. Another daughter, Barbara, handles most of the daily operations of the herd. Her husband, Ryan, assists with feeding and crop duties.

Dan and Karen were both 4-H members and continued supporting 4-H as adult leaders. Dan served as president of the St. Paul Board of Colleges and was awarded the A.M. Freeman Student Leadership medal while at the University of Minnesota. He received the Golden Hereford Breeder Medallion in 2009 for 50 years as a Hereford breeder. Dan also served on the Rice County Agricultural Society board, the State 4-H Livestock Project Development Committee and he showed cattle at the Minnesota State Fair for over 40 years.

Karen taught business for over 35 years and organized and coached the Northfield High School mock trial team. She served on the Northfield Retirement Community Board for nine years.

Audra and Barbara were both 4-H members and served as board members of the American Junior Hereford Association.

Rice County, Dan and Karen Koester and Family

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