Berte's beef operation continues to expand


Josh and Bree Berte enjoy doing chores together on their integrated crop and livestock farm northeast of St. Joe. Josh runs Berte Construction, building sheds and other outside structures while farming. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
That would be a good byword for Josh Berte of rural Bode. Josh has built a successful business and a farming operation all from the ground up.
Starting out with only 10 cows 14 years ago, he now has a 40-head Red Angus/Simmental cow-calf herd and he custom finishes about 24,000-head of market hogs per year, all while operating his own building construction business. Just this past year, the 30-year-old Berte started row crop farming with his Godfather, Pete Erpelding.
“We had a really good calving season this year. There were no (delivery) problems and we had an average of more than one calf per cow, as the last one had a set of twins. It was an even split between bulls and heifers,” Berte said.
Read more about Josh's beef enterprise in our Salute to Area Beef Producers section in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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