About Us


We’re sure that there’s no work better than farming…


In 1942, Drs. E.A. Scweim and P.A. Pinkert founded the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic. Today, Pipestone Veterinary Services has thirty-four veterinarians and six clinic locations. Whether it’s your pet, cattle, or swine herd, their care has remained our top priority.

In 1988, the Pipestone System was formed with great direction from Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Gordon Spronk. In 1990, the first Pipestone System sow barn, named Hiawatha gilts, LTD, was started with 700 sows. Today, the Pipestone System manages xx sow farms for xx family farmer across the mid-west.

Big Stone Marketing formed in xxxx to bring pork producers together to be part of a larger marketing effort to utilize size and scale to improve pricing. And in xxx, Pipestone Grow Finish began to help producers form nursery to grow finish with their nutrition, records and even management.

Production Range


As far as we know, farming is one of the most booming industries these days. That is why we do it all – vegetables, fruits, nuts, and livestock.

Seasoned Crew

With more than one hundred of employees on our farm crew, the team means a lot for us. In fact, if it was not for them we would not be as big as we are!

Established History

Founded almost a hundred years ago by a family of Irish immigrants, this farming facility is known for its long experience and agricultural prowess.

Affordable Prices

Also, knowing that the market is ripe these days, we never try to hike the prices for our produce. This is why all the locals love us!

Meet the Team
Dr. Evan Koep
Information coming soon.
Dr. Gawen Zomermaand
Dr. Gawen Zomermaand is graduate of Iowa State University's undergraduate and D.V.M. programs. He has over 28 years of experience. Before practicing as a veterinarian, Dr. Zomermaand grew up and worked on his family farm in addition to helping out at the National Animal Disease Center. He specializes in Swine
Dr. Laura Vander Stelt
Dr. Laura Vander Stelt received her B.A. in Biology Health Professions at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and her D.V.M. from Iowa State University in 2012. Her husband Mike is a technician at Premier Communications and they have a son and daughter, Henry and Cordelia. She was a mixed
Dr. AJ Smit
Dr. AJ Smit was born and raised in Orange City, Iowa. He grew up with livestock and has always enjoyed being on the farm. Dr. Smit completed is undergraduate degree from Northwestern College in 2004. He worked for Boehringer Ingelmeim Vetmedica Inc. in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for three
Dr. Jeff Blythe
Dr. Jeff Blythe was raised on a crop and livestock farm in Williamsburg, Iowa. He then received his B.A in Biology from Central College in Pella, Iowa. In 1991 he received his D.V.M from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. Immediately upon graduating, Dr. Blythe joined a private
Dr. Wesley Lyons
Dr. Wesley Lyons received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He started in mixed animal practice for a few months with his
Dr. Andrew DeBoer
Dr. Andrew DeBoer received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Trinity Christian College in 2014. He then attended Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. He joined the Pipestone Veterinary Services team in May 2018. Dr. DeBoer enjoys spending his
Dr. Michael Schelkopf
Dr. Michael Schelkopf is a Veterinarian specializing in swine medicine and production. As a native of Sycamore, Dr. Schelkopf attended Sycamore High School then continued his education at the University of Illinois where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He attained his Doctor of Veterinary
Dr. Charles Schelkopf
Dr. Charles R. Schelkopf graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to receive his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1981. Even as a busy swine veterinarian, Dr. Schelkopf can still find time for leisure
Dr. Steven Feuerbach
Dr. Steven P. Feuerbach received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1987. After completing his undergraduate studies, he continued at Iowa State University where he was awarded his doctoral degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Feuerbach is a second generation veterinarian.
Dr. Todd Williams
To many of you, Todd may be a familiar face. Todd has been a member of the staff of Pipestone Veterinary Services in Ottumwa, IA since he began as an animal caretaker in 1989. Dr. Todd E. Williams received his D.V.M. in 2002 from Iowa State University. He is a
Dr. Leah I. Thies
Dr. Leah I. Thies is a native of Des Moines and her husband Eric is a native of Newton, Iowa. Leah received her D.V.M. in 2008 from Iowa State University and completed her pre-veterinary studies in ISU’s Department of Animal Science. During school she worked at veterinary clinics in Ames
Dr. Steve B. Menke
Dr. Steve B. Menke received his DVM. in 1976 from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, Dr. Menke went into private practice in Richland, Iowa. As this practice continued to grow, the caseload in all species provided him with valuable clinical experience. In 1985, Dr. Menke began the development of the
Dr. Breanna Estle
Dr. Breanna P. Estle received her D.V.M. in 2017 from Iowa State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in 2013, majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business. While in school, she was active in the veterinary fraternity, Omega Tau Sigma, as the community service
Dr. Cameron Schmitt
Dr. Cameron Schmitt was raised in central Iowa and is a second generation large animal veterinarian. Dr. Schmitt joined Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone System in 2002 after graduating from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schmitt's areas of interest include swine disease, diagnostics and laboratory testing. Dr.
Dr. Douglas Peterschmidt
Dr. Douglas Peterschmidt graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1974 and a D.V.M. in 1978. He owned and managed a private practice in Independence, IA, from 1981 until 2008 when he joined Pipestone Veterinary Services as the Companion Animal Consultant and continues to practice
Dr. Bryan Myers
Dr. Bryan Myers was born and raised in Lincoln, NE. Dr. Myers attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Dr. Myers was in a mixed animal practice in northeast Iowa for 20 years before joining Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone System
Dr. Cara Haden
Dr. Cara Haden grew up on her family's farm where she grew up helping with their farrow to finish swine farm. and has always had an interest in swine medicine. She followed her passion, and in May 2014 graduated with her DVM from Iowa State University with an emphasis on
Dr. Brenna Gray
Dr. Brenna Gray joined the Pipestone team officially this fall, but has been part of our family for much longer! Dr. Gray started her veterinary journey as a Kennel Assistant when she was attending Independence High School. Fast forward a “few” years through college, and veterinary school, and she is
Dr. Kathryn Franz
Dr. Franz is a 2009 graduate of Iowa State, and lives just outside of Independence with her husband and three boys!
Dr. Joseph Yaros
Joseph originally grew up in upstate New York with three twin brothers (a twin himself and younger twin brothers) on a 1000 ewe sheep farm. Caring for livestock and understanding the management of the flock inspired Joseph to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, where he recently graduated from Cornell
Dr. Nicole Weber
Dr. Nicole Weber has been with Pipestone Veterinary Services since 2006. She grew up on a farm just north of Granite Falls, MN. She completed her undergraduate work at South Dakota State University and attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Weber and her
Dr. Spencer Wayne
Dr. Spencer Wayne is originally from Albert Lea, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota’s College of Agriculture and later the College of Veterinary Medicine before graduating in 2001. Dr. Wayne earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and joined Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone System staff
Dr. Scott VanderPoel
Dr. Scott VanderPoel grew up on a farm just south of Pipestone, MN. Throughout high school and college, he worked as part of the customer service team and assisted veterinarians out in the field. Dr. VanderPoel graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in animal science, and then
Dr. Gordon Spronk
Dr. Gordon Spronk is a native of the Pipestone, Minnesota agricultural community. Upon completion of his education with a DVM degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1981, he returned to Pipestone to practice at Pipestone Veterinary Services. Dr. Spronk is a co-founder of
Dr. Adam Schelkopf
Dr. Adam C. Schelkopf grew up in Dekalb, Illinois and gained an appreciation for swine medicine by following his father to vet calls and working on swine farms through high school and college. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 2012. He started
Dr. Gustavo Pizarro
Dr. Gustavo Pizarro graduated from Universidad Mayor in Santiago Chile in 1995 with his degree in Veterinary Medicine, and later in 2010 continued his education by completing his Bachelor Degree in Agriculture Business Administration at the Universidad Catolica of Chile. He joined PIC right after school in 1996 focusing on
Dr. Brent Pepin
Dr. Brent Pepin is from central Minnesota and a 2014 graduate of Iowa State Veterinary School, where he obtained his Master’s degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Pepin practiced swine and dairy medicine after graduation in NE Iowa before joining Pipestone Veterinary Services in May 2018.
Dr. Carissa Odland
Dr. Carissa Odland is a graduate from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and joined Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone System in 2009. Dr. Odland is originally from Saint Peter, MN where she grew up on a sheep farm. Dr. Odland resides in rural Pipestone with her husband
Dr. Joel Nerem
Dr. Joel Nerem joined Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone System staff in July 2006, and comes with solid swine health experience. The West Union, Iowa, native launched his career at the Postville Veterinary Clinic in Postville, Iowa. He’s a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and earned his DVM
Dr. Luke Minion
Dr. Luke Minion grew up in southwestern Minnesota and began his career with the Pipestone Veterinary Services in 2000 after graduating from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Minion's areas of interest include production animal medicine, management, and serving as the CEO for the clinic and Pipestone
Dr. Emily McDowell
Dr. McDowell received her D.V.M. in 2011 from Iowa State University. Emily strives to promote the swine industry, optimize productivity and sustainability, and shape the safety, quality, and consistency of our food supply. Emily grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Primghar in northwest Iowa. Emily’s knowledge and
Dr. Brett Kroeze
Dr. Brett Kroeze, a 2012 graduate of Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, brings his family values of hard work and commitment to providing outstanding service to area clients. Growing up, Dr. Kroeze spent as much time as he could on his Grandfather’s dairy farm near Hull, Iowa. Dr. Kroeze’s
Dr. Barry Kerkaert
Dr. Barry Kerkaert is a native of southwestern Minnesota and started at Pipestone Veterinary Services after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1994. Dr. Kerkaert currently serves as the Vice President of Pipestone Holdings and is a well respected swine veterinarian and production
Dr. Larry Goelz
Dr. J. Larry Goelz grew up on a diversified livestock farm in southwestern Minnesota and joined the staff at Pipestone Veterinary Services in 1996 after graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Goelz enjoys spending time with his wife, Lori, and daughters,
Dr. Monte Fuhrman
Dr. Fuhrman is a native of Warner, SD and graduate of South Dakota State University and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation, he has spent his career providing swine veterinary service and consultation across the mid-west, including South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and Colorado. Dr
Dr. Scott Dee
Dr. Scott Dee joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone in July of 2011. Before joining the clinic, Dr. Dee was a swine practitioner in Morris, Minnesota for 12 years and for the last 12 years a professor at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research in the areas of
Dr. Jay Bobb
Dr. J. D. Bobb is a native of North Dakota. After growing up on a sheep farm, Dr. Bobb attended North Dakota State University and Iowa State University where he graduated from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. After graduation, he started at Pipestone Veterinary Services with interest



Me and my whole family (including our 4-year-old son and our 6-year-old daughter) enjoy organic vegetables and fruits from this farm. We’ve been ordering their produce for almost 8 years by now, and we never had a doubt about the quality!

Deborah Quagmire

Farm Tours

As an owner of a very small organic farm back in the woods of the Upstate New York, I find myself in a constant need for new seeds to plant to replant. Thanks to this farm I am always able to order them & get delivered to me the next day!

Benedict Arnold


I’ve always been a vegetarian and an organic-food movement follower. This means that sometimes it is quite hard for me to purchase something that I want. Thankfully, with online stores like this one, I am always able to place an…

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