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About Us - Bones Farming History

John T Bones and family left Pennsylvania and homesteaded northeast of Parker in 1879.  Currently 4th and 5th generations are farming some of the land.  The business has progressed and evolved over all these years to become a very diversified family farm defined by the individual and collective talents of those involved.  They include from the 3rd generation:  Winnie Bones wife of Walter Bones, Jr (deceased) who ran the operation from 1950 to 1990. 

After his retirement, the 4th generation took over and organized a general partnership call Hexad Farms.  Winnie and all of the siblings of Walt and Winnie Bones are shareholders in Bones Hereford Ranch Inc., a C Corp, which is primarily a land holding entity.  Hexad Farms is operated by Walter III, Steve and Jim Bones, and Lyle Van Hove (brother-in-law).

Members of the 5th generation, who are currently working full time and are being groomed to take over the business are: Dan Bones (Steve’s son), Mike Van Hove (Lyle’s son), and Matt Bones (Jim’s son).  Ryan Bones (Walter’s son), helps out in the summer.

Hexad Farms employs Monte Plucker, who has worked with the farm for 20 years.  He manages and overseas the livestock enterprise.  Hexad employs a number of seasonal part-time workers primarily during planting and harvesting.


1879 — John T Bones homesteaded NE of Parker

1927 — Walter Sr purchased first Registered  
               Hereford Cattle

1937 — First Hereford Sale

1946 — Bones Stock Farms, Inc began operation

1950 — Started weighing and grading all calves

1951 — Bones Hereford Ranch Inc was started

1956 — Became charter members of SD Livestock  
               Production Records Association

1964 — Became charter member of the American
Association, Total Performance
               Records Program

1969 — Bones Stock Farms and Bones Hereford Ranch

1972 — First shipment of Bones cattle to Hungary

              — 20 bulls and 200 commercial heifers

1972 — Second shipment of Bones cattle to Hungary

              — 334 commercial heifers

1973 — Third shipment of Bones cattle to Hungary

              — 787 commercial heifers

1977 — Bones Hereford Ranch Golden anniversary

1980 — Shipment of Bones cattle to Chile

              — 750 commercial heifers

1984 — The start of Custom Cattle feeding

1987 — Hexad Farms was formed

1988 — Walt Bones Jr inducted in the SD Hall of Fame

1992 — Walt Bones Jr retired after serving 16 years
               in the SD

1993 — Received Certified Angus Beef National
               Cooperating Feedlot of the Year

1995 — Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Farm
               Family of the Year

1998 — Bones Farm recognized as SD Century Farm

1998 — Sale Barn accepted into National Registry of
               Historic Barns

2000 — Turner County Dairy went into production

2002 — SD Environmental Stewardship award

              — Represented SD in the National Cattleman’s

               Environmental Stewardship Award

2003 — SD Prairie Family Business Heritage Award

2004 — MassMutual National Family Business of the 
                Year Award—1st runner up


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