Jack & Mary Burt

Jack and Mary are the third generation owners/operators of Burt Family Farm. Together, they started Shady Oaks Farm in 1988 and utilized Red Angus bulls on their commercial cow herd. As their children, Jason and Alaina, became active in 4-H, the family started to purchase Red Angus females from Bieber Red Angus in Leola, SD. By the mid-90s, the cowherd completely transitioned to purebred Red Angus. They were one of the first members of the Minnesota Red Angus Association; Mary served as secretary/treasurer of the organization.

Jack taught science and coached volleyball, track/field and junior high basketball for more 34 years before retiring in 2009 (though he came out of retirement to coach volleyball from 2012-2015). He enjoys working with young people who lease breeding beef projects through 4-H. Jack has served as president of the Itasca County Farm Service. On Wednesday nights, he can be found playing trivia at Zorbaz in Grand Rapids.

Mary retired from the Itasca County Court Administration in 2016. She is an avid quilter and crafter, having earned four best-in-show purple ribbons at the Itasca County Fair. She enjoys lending a hand on the farm, and watching her grandchildren. She says if she was 30 years younger, she'd compete in American Ninja Warrior.

Alaina Mousel

Alaina is the daughter of Jack and Mary Burt. She grew up exhibiting Red Angus at local, state and national levels, eventually serving as president of the Minnesota and (National) Junior Red Angus associations. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, Crookson in agricultural business, and an M.S. degree from South Dakota State University in Communications. Her work history includes sale management, magazine and newspaper editorships, teaching and technical writing. Like her mother, Alaina also enjoys quilting. She is married to Eric Mousel and the mother of three children: Katie, Jack and June.

Eric Mousel

Eric married into the family operation, but brings a tremendous amount of brain and brawn! He grew up near Hastings, NE and attended Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, obtaining B.S., M.S. and a Ph.D. in agronomy. He met and married Alaina while at South Dakota State University where he worked as an Extension Livestock Specialist and taught Range Management classes. He now works for the University of Minnesota Extension as a Beef Cattle Specialist based at the North Central Research & Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, MN. He enjoys photography, college football, and working with our Border Collie, Daisy. He is the father of three: Katie, Jack and June.

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Jack & Mary 218.326.3698

Alaina Mousel 218.340.1595

Eric Mousel 218.513.0781


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