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Where farm meets family, meets country living

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Sharing their love
of sheep

Oelke family shows Suffolk breed for three generations

BARRETT – When Bret Oelke was 4 years old, his parents gave him and his sister each a Suffolk lamb to raise and show. Today, Bret is still raising Suffolk sheep and has been working with them for over 60 years. His wife, Lorie Oelke, has been doing the same for over 50 years, since she was 10 years old.

In fact, the couple came to know each other through showing sheep in their youth and fell in love over their mutual interest.

Today, on their farm near Barrett, they share that interest with their 16 grandchildren. The oldest, Jacob, has aged out of youth showing....
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Millers mix cows with curd making

THEILMAN – The Miller family wheeled an ongoing adventure onto their property in 2018. A semi-trailer stands monumental as their on-farm creamery where they specialize in making cheese curds for local establishments and customers.

The semi-trailer is armed with anything a person would need to make cheese. Alan Miller said it is called “cheese on wheels” by a company in Wisconsin.

“It’s probably one of the most unique things about our farm,” Miller said. “It was a more affordable way for us to start making cheese on our farm.”
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