Donald and Anne Borgschatz

Wabasha County
2018

The Borgschatz farm was originally purchased in 1878 by August Zabel, a recent German immigrant. Over the years the farm was passed down through generations of the family, first to August’s son, Edward L. Zabel, then to his grandson, Clarence. Clarence, along with his brother, Arnold, added a small grain seed sales business called Zabel Seeds. In 1989, Clarence’s son, Edward C. Zabel, purchased a neighboring farm and expanded its dairy operation. Currently, the fifth generation of the family owns and runs the dairy farm -- August Zabel’s great-great grandson, Donald Borgschatz.

Donald and Anne have two children, Emma and Henry. All family members have responsibilities on the farm. Anne is the HR manager and raises the calves and heifers and serves as a relief milker. Their daughter, Emma, helps with the heifers, handles field work, and milks cows. The Borgschatzes’ son, Henry is learning to do similar work.

The Borgschatz farm is a conventional dairy with 150 Holstein cows milked twice a day. The family raises their own feed and replacement heifers and sells bull calves to a neighbor. Donald and Anne operate Zabel Seeds with other family members. The Borgschatzes also run a small dairy tool design and manufacturing company: B-Z Manufacturing.

Anne, Emma and Henry are heavily involved in the Happy Ramblers 4-H Club. Anne is also a soccer coach at Immanuel Lutheran Church School and serves on the church’s board of stewardship. In addition to their 4-H activities, Emma and Henry enjoy showing cattle and are involved in a variety of sports teams and church activities. Don picks up the slack on the farm allowing his family to be involved in the community.

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