The History of the Finke farm near Berthold, ND dates back to 1900 when Christian Finke and Hilda Melin came to Passport township in Ward county independently and each homesteaded. After they married, their farm grew along with their family. One of their sons, Richard, and his wife Verna purchased the family's land over time and settled in a yard nearby which is now the present day yard. With each change of hands the farm grew and changed to accordingly. Richard and Verna's son Roger and his wife Susan worked into the operation growing it yet again and added a larger number of cows to diversify the farm. Roger and Susan enjoyed running the cows and had a special appreciation for the
Simmental breed from the beginning of the breeds presence in the United States in the early 70's. They joined the American Simmental Association in 1974 and received member number #4586. Roger and Susan with their four children proudly operated SRF Simmentals raising high quality seedstock. Roger served on both the ND Simmental Association Board and the American Simmental Association Board of Trustees. Today Roger and Susan still run a small group of Simmental cows and farm in partnership with their son Todd and his wife Kelly.
Todd purchased his first Simmental heifer in 1990 beginning his own herd. Growing up Todd was involved in the NDJSA, NDSA, and ASA , was part of the NDSU judging team, and had the privilege to work for the American Simmental Association for 5 years after graduating from NDSU before returning to work on the farm. Kelly comes from a farm background of her own and has an Ag Ed degree from NDSU. Today they farm and operate SRF Simmentals under the SRF brand with Roger and Susan. Todd and Kelly have four children Carter, Abby, Anna, and Casen that are the 5th generation to be raised on the Finke farm.
Times are definitely different than they were, moving at a fast paced speed, SRF Simmentals tries to stay on the forefront of cattle industry needs and issues. They utilize ultrasound for calving dates, genomic enhanced data, and market animals both in person and use of DVAuction offering internet bidding and buying. They market individually and with production sale partners in the Edge of the West Sale. You can find out more current events by checking out the SRF Simmentals Facebook page.