Donated by Lakes Area Herefords
Jim, Jen, Emma, Abby & Elle Penzenstadler of Chisago City, Minn., on behalf of the
Minnesota Hereford Breeders Association
Jim & Jen Penzenstadler started with a small herd of crossbred cattle. They moved the cattle to their current farm and were invited by a neighbor to come to a 4-H meeting and the rest is history! In addition to running an electrical business, they started Lakes Area Herefords where they raise Registered Herefords and Registered Miniature Herefords. They have a cow-calf operation and sell most of their livestock through private treaty. They also raise purebred Hampshire and crossbred show pigs. Jim & Jen have three daughters who were heavily involved in both 4-H and FFA. Emma, the oldest, graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Agriculture Communications and Marketing degree and is currently employed at Premier Pontoon. Abby also graduated from the University of Minnesota with two degrees in Agriculture Communications and Marketing and Economics. She is currently employed with the USDA at the Farm Service Agency.
Both girls were on the University’s livestock judging team and continue to judge livestock shows today. Elle, the youngest, graduated from high school this year and will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall to study animal science and nutrition. The family is hopeful she may join the judging team as well. Go Gophers! Abby & Elle were very fortunate to be recipients of the MYBEP program and are excited for the opportunity to give back.