Handel family continues to grow farm, family and role in ag community

Dylan and Bryanna Handel have strong roots in agriculture that they hope to pass on to their four children Elizabeth, Lyle, Clyde and Roy.  The couple is expecting a fifth child this fall.

BARNEVELD – Dylan and Bryanna Handel have strong roots in agriculture. And in a short time they have not only have they expanded their herd, they’ve grown their land base and family.

Soon after they married in 2014, the couple decided to rent a barn and begin the gradual process of farming on their own.

They began with just 16 cows that Bryanna had accumulated since she was in high school. They gradually grew their herd while Dylan continued his off-farm job, and in 2016 they purchased a farm of their own near Barneveld. The farm included a 70-cow tie stall barn and 53 acres. Two years later they were able to purchase another 50 acres adjoining their farm.

In 2020 Dylan was able to quit his job to work full time on the family farm B. Kurt Dairy. Presently they milk 75 Jerseys and have 45 head of young stock along with a full line of machinery.

Dylan Handel holds his son, Clyde, while his wife, Bryanna, looks on with their other children, Lyle and Elizabeth.

Since 2018, their cows’ milk has been used to produce 7,000 lbs. of B. Kurt Dairy White Cheddar cheese, which they market the cheese via their Facebook page as well as by word of mouth. They have found that their customers appreciate knowing where the milk is produced and the creamy taste of the cheese due to the high components in their milk.

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