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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Featured Member- Larson Hereford Farms

The Larson Family :  Justin, Vanessa, Easten, Lori & Fred
Jerry & Joyce
Bruce, Reggie, Rocky. Kelly & Mckell
Beth, Ross, Mallory & Regan

             Larson Hereford Farms is truly a family farm- Beginning in the 1870’s when  Esten
             Larson  immigrated from Alvdal, Norway to Spring Valley and began a  diversified livestock
             farm. Esten and his wife Carrie settled on a ridge between Cady Creek and the Eau Galle River
             where many other families from Alvdal also settled. This area is still known as the “ Norwegian
             Ridge” today. They raised a family of six sons and two daughters. Eventually
             all the sons, except  Fred homesteaded ranch land in Alberta, Canada. Fred took over the
             home farm and his two sisters lived in River Falls and Spring Valley. Fred and his wife
             Grace raised two daughters and a  son Jerry. Fred instilled his love for animals in
             his son and they had many horses, sheep, beef and dairy cattle over  the years. The first
             registered  Hereford bull was purchased in 1942 from Bill Williams, Rochester, MN 
             and a couple of years later registered females began to accumulate.
            Females came from all over… Colorado,  New Mexico, Pennsylvania , Minnesota.
            Jerry and Joyce raised two sons and a daughter, Fred Bruce and Beth Ann. Bruce,
            Kelly and family live in Somerset, where Bruce teaches Phy. Ed., Drivers Ed, and
            coaches football.   Beth and Ross Carlson and children raise Herefords in Murdock,
            MN. Since that time Larson’s have utilized performance testing, A.I., E.T. and shown
            cattle at many state fairs and National and Jr. National shows across the
            country. A couple of  highlights were ; 1997 National Western Stock Show 
            Sr. Champion Bull, VOODOO and Bull Calf  Champion ROYAL.
            VOODOO also won his class at the 1995 Canadian Western Agribition.
            ROYAL  went on to win at Fort Worth, Texas and was1998 Midwest Show Bull 
           of  the year. Both of these bulls went on to be “Sires of Distinction”and had a major
           impact on the LHF cowherd. 
GMPH LHF Voodoo 17D

Ta-Bar-E-L 740 Royal 
          Fred and Lori joined in full time farming in1982 and their sons Justin and
            Easten showed extensively, including thirteen Jr. Nationals.
Pen of bulls at Denver 2008
           In 2003 the dairy herd was sold and Hereford cow numbers doubled to 230 cows. 
           The Larson’s      grow all there own feed and raise all their replacement females and 
           market 45 bulls, 35-50 heifers and 70 market steers.
           Several LHF herd sires have had semen exported to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay,
           New Zealand, Canada and Europe. We have great partners and friends in Phil and
           Lyn Barnett - Kaitoa Polled Herefords, Dannevirke, New Zealand.
WLC Haroldsons 13P Maxx ET 20T
Kaitoa Polled Herefords- New Zealand purchased an interest in Maxx
Maxx heifer calf

The cowherd is heavily influenced by Canadian bloodlines and is bred to be problem free and low maintainance while still reaching top performance.  We run seven pastures. In 2011, our main herd sires include CHURCHILL YELLOWSTONE 601S ET-his full sister was the dam of the 2011 JNHE owned National Champion Female, GOLDEN-OAK FUSION 3S- sire of GOLDEN-OAK OUTCROSS 18U Fort Worth and Kansas City Champion, FCC 7M PRIDE 3T, full brother to QUANTUM and WLC HAROLDSONS 13P MAXX ET 20T-  son of MIRA, National Jr. Champion Female and grandson of DESTINY, Canadian National Champion.
7 yr. old Eisenhower cow with a Yellowstone heifer calf.
Yellowstone  2 year old

2010 was a benchmark year for the Larson herd. PARIS, sired by PRIDE was the third highest seller in the Ladies of the Royal sale in Kansas City, MO. That same week eighteen bred heifers from LHF where exported to Kazakhstan, in central Asia. 

FCC  7M Pride 3T

Pride bull calf

The web page www.larsonherefordfarms.com was introduced and has enjoyed many visitor.      So far, 2011 has been quite busy, too. Fred has been nominated to run for the board of directors of the American Hereford Association. 

On October 2, Larsons will be hosting the Genetic Selection VIII Sale for the first time and want to invite everyone with an interest in Hereford cattle to come to their farm and enjoy themselves.
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Cady Creek Pasture