Mark and Pam Skroch
Sunny Oak Farm was purchased by Mark’s father-in-law in the 1960s. In 1992, the couples entered a partnership which lasted for a decade until Mark and Pam took over the operation. The Skrochs currently milk 120 cows and raise all the forages they need to operate. The family grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 438 acres in Benton County.
Mark and Pam do much of the work on the farm by themselves; however, they get help from their youngest son, Eric, who helps feed the livestock in the mornings and helps after work in the evenings. Their son Jason helps with harvest and at other times when he can. Pam’s father, Alvin, helps with field work. Mark and Pam have two daughters, Stacy and Amy, both of whom are former Benton County Dairy Princesses.
Mark is a member of the board of directors with the American Dairy Association of Minnesota. He is also a member of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Benton County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Upper Mississippi Irrigators Association, Irrigators Association of Minnesota, Minnesota and Midwest Forage Associations.
The Skrochs are strong believers in Best Management Practices on their farm and follow a host of conservation practices. They’ve hosted stops for the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Tour of Practices.
Sunny Oak Farm is a 5-Star Dairy through the Minnesota Milk Producer Association’s Environmental Quality Assurance Program