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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Featured Member Myron and Nancy Danielson

Indiannhead Polled Hereford Association 2012 Hall of Fame- Myron Danielson 

Myron (Pete) and Nancy Danielson purchased their farm in rural Hayfield, MN in the fall of 1963.  Pete worked full time at IBM in Rochester but was able to squeeze in some time for farming.  It was not until the fall of 1973 that the first Herefords would grace their pastures.  Pete purchased his first five Herefords from his parents Clarence and Tillie when they sold their farm in rural Peterson, MN.  Another five registered horned Herefords were purchased that winter and added to the herd.  The first calf crop was in the spring of 1974.  Pete used a registered polled Hereford bull that first breeding season and has continued with the polled Herefords ever since.  Pete and Nancy have three children who were active in showing cattle at the county fair, open class shows and the state fair when they were growing up.  Pete retired from IBM after 33 years of work in 1990 and has been farming ever since.

Pete became involved in the Polled Herefords locally by becoming a member of the Rochester Polled Hereford Club that sponsored a show and sale at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds each spring.  He was active with that club until it dispersed.  He has been an active  member of the Minnesota Polled Hereford Association and the Indianhead Polled Hereford Association for many years.  He has consigned and purchased many animals from both of these organizations over the years.

Pete traces his love for Herefords back to his childhood days.  He has always enjoyed the docile disposition of the Hereford cattle which are easy to work with.  Pete showed at the Open Class Hereford show at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds for many years as well as several trips to the Open Class Hereford Show at the Minnesota State Fair.  He has been awarded a number of awards over the years, including having a number of females named to the MN Hereford Breeders Association Dams of Distinction List.
The cow herd has been maintained at about 20-25 cows.  He has always maintained a herd bull and utilized AI to bring in different genetics.  Pete had a number of favorite bulls over the years including a Wrangler bull that he purchased from the Delaney Family.  That Wrangler bull sired the reserve champion pen of three bulls at the Denver Stock Show and one of them went on to be the top selling bull at the MN State Hereford Gopher the Purple Sale.  He sired many outstanding females that were top performing cows.  He also had a bull with Wallstreet bloodlines from Gottschalks that sired good females and bulls.  He AI’d with many different top bulls over the years including Vaquero, Heavy Hitter, Embracer bloodlines, 77U, Hunter, Felton bloodlines etc.

In the recent years, the cow herd had been reduced to about twelve cows and last fall they were sold to a neighbor that is getting started in the Polled Hereford business.  Pete retained all of the 2011 calf crop and all of those heifers are still on the farm.  Pete will be able to enjoy having his cows back home this summer when the neighbor, who purchased the cows, will bring them to the farm to pasture.

Pete and Nancy have three children, Pam, Brian and Renee.  Pam and her husband Scott Nielsen live in Wausau, WI and have four grown children; Heather, Andrew, Krista and Matthew.  Brian and his wife Carla live in Plymouth, MN and have two children; Jared and Emily.  Renee and her husband Lance Krupke live in St. Michael, MN and have three boys; Marcus, Jordan and Drake.  

Pete and Nancy Danielson receive their award from Margaret Langness