Wayne Boettcher purchased the farm in 1970 from his parents. The farm was home to about 50 head of dairy cows and 50 head of young stock. Some were registered Holsteins. In the 1980s, the family expanded the dairy operation to 100 registered Holsteins plus young stock and raised crops on about 800 acres.
In 1987, the Boettchers lost a son in a farm accident. In the mid ’90s, the family decided to quit farming. In 2000, Wayne lost his wife to cancer. Several years later Wayne married Lois, a girl he knew 40 years earlier in 4-H. Together, they started a horse boarding stable the couple now manages.
Wayne and Lois board about 50 horses and also raise 20 beef cows. They rent out their cropland. Wayne’s son, Shane and his wife, Stacey, along with their children, Brooke and Wyatt, live in a house next door to the farm. Lois’s two children also have families. Her son, Chuck Mattson and his wife, Heidi, have a daughter, Reily, and a son, Cyrus. Lois’s daughter, Jami Wilking, and her husband, Jason, have three children: Clay, Reese and Cullen. On any given day, many of them are on the farm. Family members help put up hay and help by working the cattle. The family has been involved in 4-H for four generations.
The farm’s name, BMW Stables, comes from the blended families’ names. B is from Boettcher, M comes from Mattson and the W is from Wilking.