Donated by Hecksel Simmental Farm
Ryan Hecksel of Mayer, Minn., on behalf of the Minnesota Simmental Association
Hecksel Simmental Farm is owned and operated by Ryan Hecksel and with help from his parents Marlow and Darlene Hecksel in Mayer, Minn. It started out as a 4-H project when they purchased two Simmental heifers in 1991 and after selling the dairy cows in 1997 the herd expanded from there. The herd currently consists of 75 head of registered Simmental and Sim-Angus cows. The Hecksels rely heavily on embryo transfer the majority of that being IVF. Their cattle are merchandised at the Royal Classic Female Sale the first Saturday of January in Ames, Iowa, Sherwood Cattle Company Online Heifer Sale in October on SC, and sold privately of the farm. Along with cattle they run a couple hundred acres of corn, soybeans, hay, and pastures.
Donated by K-LER Cattle Co., St. Charles, Minn., on behalf of the Minnesota Simmental Association
K-LER Cattle is proud to donate the Simmental heifer to the MYBEP program this year. The Kaehler family is honored to have contributed two heifers since the beginning of the MYBEP program. MYBEP is a fantastic program to mentor and build relationships with incredible youth, creating the next generation of agriculture producers.
This year marks the 143rd year of the Kaehler ownership of their family farm. KLER Cattle is owned by the Mena and Ralph Kaehler family and operated by Seth and Shelby Kaehler, along with their three kids, Creed, Colt, and Haven, in Saint Charles, Minnesota. KLER Cattle consists of a 150 registered cow/calf operation. Their family holds an annual “Structured for Success” sale on the third Sunday of February each year, selling bulls and bred females.