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Pyfferoen long-time contributor to cattle industry

By Janet Kubat Willette

jkubat@agrinews.com

PINE ISLAND, Minn. — Tom Pyfferoen has been involved in the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association for about a decade.

He got involved in 1995 and was feeder council chairman in 1999-2000. He was elected first vice president in December 2002, setting up the progression to become president in four years.

He’s taken in quite a few meetings since becoming president and the invitations keep coming in.

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"I could probably go somewhere four or five days a week," Pyfferoen said.

Last week, he was home tending his cattle. He primarily buys calves and yearlings and raises them to slaughter weight. In the summer, he and partner Tom Haight of Rochester buy 500 pound to 600 pound cattle to put on pasture and then feed out. The beef cattle gain about two pounds a day on pasture. He buys either from sales barn or through private treaty sales. He has an order buyer in Omaha who buys cattle for him. Last year, he fed out 1,000 cattle.

Pyfferoen also raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa. He has 50 to 60 acres of pasture. He figures cattle producers will be switching to more forages in their rations with high corn prices. Distiller’s grains are another possibility.

Pyfferoen, 56, milked cows for 21 years before getting into the beef business. He figures he’ll stay in it as long as he’s able, but he’ll probably start looking for cattle with more profit potential rather than just buying to keep his facility full. He’s been a long-time member of Dairyland Beef Producers, including several terms as president.

He and his wife, Denise, have four children.

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