Prairie Holdings Group

Where Innovation Creates Opportunity.


PHG At A Glance

  • 11 companies
  • 120 employees
  • Based in Worthington, MN
  • Business in 40 states plus Canada

"Technology usually drives innovation…and technology in agriculture is constantly changing."

Dr. Wayne Freese

The History of Prairie Holdings

What began with two veterinarians sharing a desk at a Worthington veterinary clinic has grown into the region’s agribusiness headquarters.

Prairie Holdings Group Windmill Monument in the Winter

In 1994, the agriculture industry in Southwest Minnesota was in a state of flux. Veterinarians Wayne Freese and Craig Pfeifer, owners of the Veterinary Medical Center, realized that the key to longevity and expansion in this changing market was diversification.  So, the two began to lay the foundation for what would grow to become an agricultural-based center. They began to expand their business offerings to include autogenous biologics and diagnostics (Newport Laboratories). Eventually, as their customer base continued to grow and expand into surrounding states, they saw additional opportunities.

As the decade drew to a close, the Prairie Holdings Group began to take form, with businesses such as ProPig being added to the mix. Each company provided services to others within the organization, along with serving outside clientele.

With dedicated, focused employees, quality products, and an emphasis on personalized customer service, the Prairie Holdings Group of companies continued to grow and expand.

Prairie Holdings Center Campus Map

In 2005, the company moved its corporate and sales offices to their current location at the Prairie Holdings Center, a landmark red building located just off of Interstate 90 on the north edge of Worthington. The campus-like setting includes 30 acres for potential expansion. It took a year to plan the move, and another year for renovations and construction inside the building.

One of the cornerstones of the PHG family is a consistent drive to discover and utilize the latest technological developments in the industry. This drive has enabled the PHG companies to not only continually increase their quality and range of services, but also to offer better opportunities to the consumer.

"Technology usually drives innovation," said Dr. Freese, "and technology in agriculture is constantly changing. Along with technology comes the ability to lower costs, and this technology is usually the driver behind change. I think, over the past ten to fifteen years, we've been a part of that change in agriculture."

While all of the PHG companies have embraced and pushed new technology, it is old-fashioned "people skills" that have remained at the core.

In every company, customer service is made to be a priority, whether the "customer" is a veterinarian purchasing Newport biologics, a ProPig producer with a question, or a motorist filling up their car at Travel Express.

As Dr. Freese noted, without this focus on putting the customer first, PHG would not be at the point it is today, nor would it be continuing on that path.

"Really, when it boils down to it, people do business with people," he said. "We are here for the customer. We aren’t just selling our products and telling the customer what to do – the customer is first, and whatever the customer needs, we will try to provide. We’re here only because we have good people, we provide good services, and we do a good job."