Hometown Farmer: The Kid Rancher
MOVILLE, IA —
Cold weather and a frozen water line means this herd of cattle near Moville, Iowa need water delivered, by truck, twice a day.
It's a pain, but it's all part of the learning process for the 13-year-old behind the wheel.
"We brought them into our lot here, but the water isn't working," said Tyler Vohs, a 7th grader. "So we have to haul water."
Tyler's been working with cattle for six or seven years, and he'll admit, the first few times actually working on the farm got to be a little nerve wracking.
"But you get used to it after a while," said Tyler.
These days, Tyler's almost making a career out of it.
He's driving the tractor, feeding the cattle and showing cattle.
He even got three bred heifers through the Iowa Foundation Heifer Program and he's the one making all of the decisions that go along with raising those animals.
That's how he became "The Kid Rancher."
"It's a neat opportunity for people to see what a farm kid does and to see what kind of decisions he's got to make in this program," said his mom, Deb Vohs. "And honestly, to see where their food comes from."
Tyler's doing that with social media, you can find "The Kid Rancher" on Facebook.
It's a great way to keep up to date with all of the decisions he makes and his duties on the farm.
But with so many kids, even in rural towns, detached from this way of life, Tyler just wants them to know that being a kid rancher is worth it.
"It's kind of fun," said Tyler. "It's stressful too, but I think it's a great thing that all kids, most kids, should learn to do."
The three heifers Tyler got aren't free.
He'll have to pay $6,000 back when he's a senior in High School.
If you want to follow Tyler on Facebook, check out "The Kid Rancher" page here: https://www.facebook.com/thekidrancher
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