Craig and Ashley Kohls are fourth generation farmers who raise cattle and crops in rural Hutchinson, MN. They have two children, Avery (6) and Bennett (2). They own and operate Kohls Land and Cattle which consists of a cow/calf program, feedlot and a diversified cropping operation. Craig and Ashley both attended South Dakota State University.
1. When did you first know that you wanted to raise cattle? I’ve always had an interest in feeding cattle. I guess I’m not sure when I made that decision.
2. Why do you do what you do? Because I enjoy it. My family enjoys it. It’s a way to help teach our kids a good work ethic. (“When you teach a kid how to work hard, you teach him how to work through whatever’s hard.” – I keep this in mind with my children every day! Sometimes they say I’m not fair, but I keep hoping they (or their future spouse) will thank me some day!)
3. What is your #1 goal for our farm? To farm with your kids and for them to eventually take over. (Right on!!!)
4. What is your biggest challenge? I would say the weather is defiantly my biggest challenge. I hate mud!
5. What is your favorite part of the cattle business? Shipping and receiving of cattle. I think it’s enjoyable to start a new group of cattle on feed, and the shipping of a finished group of cattle is very rewarding. I also really enjoy calving. The excitement of the calving season is something that I really enjoy.
6. What is your least favorite part of the cattle business? Marketing.
7. Who would you say is your biggest influencer? As an overall mentor, I would say my dad is my first stop when it comes to making all business decisions. When it comes to the feedlot side of the operation I would say there are many people on my “management team” that I consult when I need to make decisions.