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     February 27, 2019      #52-58 PB1
Neighbors and fellow farmers help load cattle at North Creek Dairy, which is owned by the Hoffman family near Chatfield. The roof of the family’s barn collapsed under the weight of more than a foot of snow.

Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com

Collapsed barn forces Chatfield family to sell its

By Noah Fish

A fifth-generation family dairy farm woke up this morning without any cows to milk.

The Hoffman family, named Olmsted County’s Farm Family of the Year in 2018, operates North-Creek Dairy in Chatfield.

Henry Lang - Contributed

When the second section of roofing on the barn that housed all 450 of their cows collapsed on Tuesday, the Hoffmans were pushed to sell their entire herd.

“We just decided it’s time to get these cows out of here and safe,” Gary Hoffman said Tuesday. “We found a buyer, and they’re ...

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Cows wait to be hauled away by neighbors and fellow farmers at North Creek Dairy, which is owned by the Hoffman family, Tuesday near Chatfield after the roof of their barn partially collapsed because of heavy snow.

Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com
Noah Fish