About Us

Real Tuff Livestock EquipmentIf it doesn’t say REAL TUFF,

It’s not “real tuff!”

Since 1994,  REAL-TUFF, Inc. has been owned & operated by Alain Comte of Canada and Dave Dahlberg of Clearbrook, MN. They are committed to selling quality cattle equipment at a reasonable price. We have continually made improvements due to our hands on usage, because we have personally used the equipment on our own farms.

Meet the owners:

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Owner – Al Comte testing equipment in early years

Alain Comte grew up on a mixed farm near Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitoba in Canada. Al was very inventive and he spent his spare time building and improving livestock handling systems that were used on his family farm. Neighbors were so impressed with Al’s equipment that they wanted it for their own farms. In 1982 a production line was set up in the farm shop which doubled in 1985 to meet the growing demand.  In 1990 a factory was built and since then, the company expanded 5 times.  In 2011 a new and bigger building was constructed. This created more space for new machines, better equipment, for growing markets in Canada and the United States. Because Al grew up on a farm, he understands what works and what is important in designing and manufacturing cattle equipment for every farm and ranch.

Al was one of the original partners along with Dave Dahlberg from Minnesota, USA in starting the “Real Tuff” manufacturing plant in Mobridge, South Dakota to expand business to the United States.

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Owner – Dave Dahlberg selling equipment over the years

Dave Dahlberg was raised on a farm near Clearbrook, MN 100 miles south of the Canadian border. He earned a BA degree in biology and teaching at Bethel and Augsburg colleges in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He bought his first farm shortly after college near Askov, MN where he taught high school math, science and coached BB and Cross Country, as well as running his own cow/calf operation. In the late 70’s he moved back to Clearbrook, MN and took over his dad’s insurance agency and continued to run his cow/calf operation. He also began selling livestock handling equipment built by Al Comte from Canada directly from his farm. Then in the 1990’s he was one of the original founders along with Al Comte of the new manufacturing plant named “Real Tuff” in Mobridge, SD. Dave loves selling cattle equipment and continues to run a 250 cow/calf operation. “Real Tuff” equipment has to prove it’s functionality, tuffness and simplicity at Dave’s own cow/calf operation. This way he knows what works well and what does not so that the equipment can be tweaked as needed. Dave goes to the livestock trade shows and visits with ranchers and farmers listening to their input and tries to incorporate their great ideas also.

cattle equipmentOur plant manager, Jerry Ohman, also has ownership in the plant. He has been managing the manufacturing plant since the 1990’s. He was raised near Aberdeen, SD which is not far from our Mobridge plant and has had a key role in the success of Real Tuff!
Here’s what some of our customers have been saying about our product:
“ Best investment I ever made for my farm. ”
“ Talk about saving money on medical bills! Not only for the cows, but my personal medical bills! ”
On the Hoof Trimming Chute : “ I’ve never had a chute like this that is so versatile! ”