For 31-year old Kyle Hotz, of rural Lone Tree, Iowa, and a 5th generation farmer/cattle producer, raising cattle has truly been his life. “When I was eight years old, my dad took me over to West Liberty and I got my first heifer to show in 4-H,” remembers Hotz. Today, Kyle and his wife Angela, along with his dad Keith, own Hotz Farms (www.hotzfarms.com), a purebred Angus operation featuring 100 commercial cows along with satellite herds that through a very intense embryo transfer breeding program produces 20-40 top heifers for the Hotz Farm Elite Online Sale held each year in early November.
For 46-year-old Brian Weidner cattle producer and farmer near rural Newton, Illinois, he is living the dream of his childhood. “As a kid, I was always plowing in the sandbox,” Weidner says with a chuckle. “My dad always had livestock, and all I ever wanted to do was raise cattle and be a grain farmer.”