Bernhardt Family
Bernhardt Dairy Farm

 

Family:
Bernhardt

Location:
Milliken, CO

Experience:
Three generations

The independence of being your own boss is really the best thing about farming. You reap the benefits of your hard work and see the rewards.

Tim Bernhardt is the co-owner of Bernhardt Dairy Farm, Bernhardt Farms LLC and Bernhardt Ag LLC with his brother, David.

Their grandfather, George, moved to Denver from Russia in 1915, but felt the city wasn’t the place to raise a family. He bought a place near Milliken and in 1920 bought two adjoining farms with his brother-in-law. Today, the dairy still sits on one-half of that original parcel.

After getting his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University (CSU) in agriculture industries management, Tim headed back to the farm and helped run the family business with his father, Rueben. He met his wife, Mena, at CSU, and they’ve been married for over 36 years. They have two daughters: Miranda, who is married to Kyle Carbough; and Abbey, who is married to Greg Farnsworth.

The Bernhardt farm milks 900 cows each day, including red and white Holsteins. They also farm 1,200 acres of corn and alfalfa fields.

“The independence of being your own boss is really the best thing about farming,” says Tim. “You reap the benefits of your hard work and see the rewards.”

While Tim is passionate about dairy farming, he has also served various roles for the Windsor Community Playhouse, including serving as its current president. As a board member for Dairy MAX, Tim says he hopes to do more for the industry and make some new connections.

“It will be a great chance to give back to the industry and community of dairy farmers,” said Tim.

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