"We're cutting back," he explains. "As we finish out the Holstein steers, we are not replacing them. By spring we'll be down to 100 steers."
Holte plans to continue rotationally grazing steers in the spring, summer and fall, but he says he will not have any animals over winter after this winter.
He relies on help from his brother-in-law Rob Strand with taking care of the cattle on days when he is away from the farm and with fieldwork in the spring and fall.
Holte is a lifelong Farm Bureau member and his father and grandfather were, too.
"I've been on the State Farm Bureau Board since 1995," he explains. "Before that, I was active in Dunn County Farm Bureau. There were a lot of learning opportunities there."
He also participated in the Leadership Wisconsin Program, served on the Wisconsin Beef Council and was chair for two years. He was on the DATCP board for a short period of time and has been on the Wisconsin Livestock Siting Review Board since 2008.
"As in every industry, the relationships you form with people are extremely important," he says. "You can work through differences with people building on our current relationships in representing our members and maintaining the opportunities we have in ag."
Holte emphasizes that while the job is work, he is enjoying leading the organization's 44,169 members.
"It is exciting and I am settling in," he says. "I continue to reaffirm my confidence in the Farm Bureau staff. We have a talented and committed staff here in the state office."
Holte's top priority is "To be the voice for Wisconsin farmers in all the levels of government. Farm Bureau is interested in how ag is regulated in the state so it can continue to be a forward-looking business."
The Holtes have two grown daughters. Jennifer Birkholz, a 7th grade history teacher, and her husband Adam have three children and live in Eau Claire. Erin Holzbauer, an account executive at an advertising agency, and her husband Josh live in Madison.