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.