Minnesota Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame Recipients named

On March 17, 2017, the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Inducted new members into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony on the St. Paul campus. The new inductees included: John Reed, David and Donna Anderson, and Herb Filk.

John graduated from NDSU in 1970 with a degree in Animal Science where he was a member of the livestock judging team. In 1972, he received a Masters degree from SDSU in reproductive physiology doing research in ova transport in beef cattle. In 1983, John and Joanne started Bar J Ranch in Brooten, Minn. Today, they have developed one of the high quality registered Angus herds in the upper Midwest. John was also one of the pioneers of the Lowline breed of beef cattle in North America, and was instrumental in bringing top quality Lowline cattle from Australia to the United States. In 1997, Bar J Ranch purchased their first Lowline females, becoming only the second herd in the U.S. to breed and calve Lowline cattle. Today, Bar J Ranch runs a herd of 250 registered Angus, fullblood Lowline, and Angus-influenced commercial females. Bar J Ranch has done exceptionally well in the show ring with both their Angus and Lowline genetics.

David and Donna first met and started their relationship at World Dairy Expo where they shared the love of dairy. After marriage in 1985, Donna moved to Minnesota and they started to mold Up the Creek Farm into what it is today. David and Donna work together to run the day to day work on the farm with their son, Kevin. Donna also dedicates her time to a number of other organizations. Up the Creek Farm is a Nationally known Guernsey herd and is well respected in the show ring on a National level.

When Herb was born in 1908, the Filk registered Holstein herd was well established, as the first registered Holstein heifers were purchased by Theodore Filk(Herb’s father) in 1905. Herb spent his entire life promoting Holsteins and the dairy industry.