Herrig Family

Murray County

The Herrig farm began in 1904 when Peter Herrig first purchased it. The farm consisted of 240 acres and operated as a dairy until 1980. David and Jan purchased the building site in 1988 and raised their family there.

The Herrigs run a purebred breeding sheep operation on eight and-a-half acres in southwest Minnesota. They raise Hampshires and Southdown sheep. The family sells purebred breeding stock, commercial breeding rams and butcher lambs. The family’s Hampshires have become nationally known for their winning record at the Ohio Showcase Sale, the National Hampshire Show and Sale in Missouri and at the International Livestock Exposition in Kentucky.

David houses and lambs out the brood ewes. His son, Jacob, takes the open ewes, yearling ewes and fall lambs to his acreage in South Dakota. There he preps the open ewes for breeding. The Herrigs’ son, Joel, and his family help with chores, training, and showing the sheep at local, state and national events. Another son,  Jed, helps with stacking hay and repairing buildings. David and Jan’s daughter, Meg, showed sheep in 4-H and FFA and is now busy raising her family of six children.

David is a member of the Murray County Extension Committee and the county 4-H livestock committee. He is vice president of the Murray County Fair Board and helps extensively with the 4-H sheep project.

David and Jan are members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church where they serve as ushers. Jake volunteers with the local 4-H sheep project, the county fair and works at the sheep show at the Minnesota State Fair. He also lends time to the All American Junior Sheep Show. Joel helps coach girls’ softball at Murray County Central Schools.


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