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Zahbulls Holsteins is owned and operated by the Zabel family in Plainview, Minnesota. Matt Zabel, the fourth generation of Zabel dairy farmers, returned from the UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course with a keen interest of registered Holsteins. Striving for genetic excellence has been a priority since day one, and Zahbulls is regularly flushing to keep up to date with the very best bulls. The farm currently milks 320 cows, which are housed in a sand-bedded free stall barn, and owns 250 young stock.

Matt and his wife, Emily recently became partners in Zahbulls Holsteins, LLC. Matt oversees and manages everything on the dairy while Emily feeds calves and keeps social media and website info up to date. Matt’s father, Tim, does the bookkeeping and helps wherever needed on the farm. Now that Matt is managing the everyday operation that allows Tim and his wife, Tammie, to enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.

We have been extremely proud of the great opportunities that registered Holsteins have brought to the farm. Between exporting embryos, signing bull contracts, consignments, or privately selling animals, each step of the registered business has been a pleasure to be a part of. Meeting and working with such extraordinary people has made the process even more rewarding.



Matt and Emily Zabel with their children Ruby, Heston and Marni


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Tammie Zabel, Megan Zabel Holmes, Dan Holmes, and Tim Zabel