B & R Dairy Equipment
Ben Netzke, of Nicollet, purchased the dairy equipment business May 11, 2018.
Ben also owns Midwest Refrigeration & Heating, Nicollet, MN.
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: 507-317-6056
Tom Witucki, Retired, started his employment with B & R during the early years. Tom loved helping dairy farmers improve their milking situation making their lives easier and more enjoyable. Tom grew up on a farm and often helped neighbors with baling and milking. It is common to see Tom volunteering to help his family and friends with their building and construction projects. The future will include, Tom says, “more technology to help farmers be more profitable.” Tom and his wife, Celeste, have 2 children and two grandchildren. Tom loves spending time with his precious granddaughters, gardening and smoking meat.
Ryan Johnson, Service Technician, came to B & R Dairy after 8 years of farm experience. Ryan lives in Bird Island with his wife, Natashia, and their three children. He enjoys his coworkers and the farmers for whom he works. In addition to his service at B & R Dairy Equipment, Ryan also volunteers at the Bird island Fire Department, enjoys playing golf, bowling, and loves being a husband and father. In the next 10-20 years of the dairy industry, Ryan sees more robots coming into operation. Ryan’s favorite pastime is baseball.
Tracy Schaefer, is our Route Specialist, Tracy currently lives in rural Fairfax with his teen-aged son. Prior to joining B & R Dairy Equipment, Tracy was a dedicated dairy farmer, specializing in his love and passion for registered Holstein cattle. Tracy’s position gives him the opportunity to “work with my customers to fix any issues they may have.” He also enjoys the successes of his customers. In addition to hanging out with his son and attending school events as a father, Tracy enjoys his most important passion: dairy show cattle. Tracy can be found judging shows, leading a sale crew of dairy cattle, and showing cattle at various state shows. Currently, Tracy serves as a board member for the Minnesota Holstein Association.
Sandy Kley, Office Manager. Sandy grew up on a dairy farm just north of Klossner MN where her father David and Uncle Ron and their families ran the farm together. when younger sandy was often found helping on the farm with the calves and feeding during milking time. Sandy moved to Winthrop in 1992 when she met her husband Leon. They now have 1 son, but love hosting exchange students. Sandy may have left the farm, but that doesn’t mean her heart did. Sandy is also found volunteering with the Sibley County Royalty program, Winthrop’s Christmas in the Country along with helping when needed at school events and with her family and friends. In the future, Sandy says “I hope the small family diary farms with continue to thrive. With the uncertainty we are currently in, there is something to be said about knowing where your food comes from”