Raising Dairy

Though Tyler Luitjens lives in Minnesota, his passion — dairy cattle — lives in South Dakota.
Luitjens, a sophomore at Heron Lake-Okabena High School in Okabena, moved to Minnesota when he was a sixth-grader. However, he has returned to the family farm near Salem, S.D., each summer since to work with and show dairy cattle.
“My grandpa, Richard Laucks, my mom’s dad, had dairy cows,” Luitjens said. “He started out with just six head and, at one time, had 100 cows. He passed away a few months ago, however. Now my uncle, Adam Lauck, has the dairy cows, but also raises beef cattle, and his kids are moving into turkeys and chickens.”
Luitjens said he feels like he’s been working with dairy cattle his entire life.

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