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Young rancher lives, breathes agriculture

Like every other little boy growing up, Lee Wasland dreamed of being a firefighter and a cowboy. As time progressed, Wasland set his whimsical fantasies aside to realize that his dream was to work outside with his hands when he grew up. After graduating high school in 2005, Wasland headed to South Dakota State University (SDSU) to pursue a career in agriculture.

Wasland's life has been dedicated to production agriculture since day one. He can still remember driving a tractor solo for the first time when he was seven years old. On the ranch are Lee's parents, Larry and Lorene, and he is the youngest to older sister, Lindsey. Wasland's family owns Grazing Acres, a ranching outfit near Wallace, SD consisting of 1,000 acres of farmland and 200 stock cows. Dairy cows were also a part of the operation until 1997, when they sold out after 30 years to concentrate on the beef cattle. Today, the Waslands run 170 commercial cows and 25 Registered Angus females and farm corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.

"Now that I'm back home at the ranch, I would like to place my emphasis on the livestock side of the operation," said Wasland, who will be the fourth generation rancher on the home place. "I'm hoping to expand the registered herd and to work on being more efficient. As far as production goes, we are nearly at our maximum, and now we can work on being more efficient and better marketing our products."

Like every other little boy growing up, Lee Wasland dreamed of being a firefighter and a cowboy. As time progressed, Wasland set his whimsical fantasies aside to realize that his dream was to work outside with his hands when he grew up. After graduating high school in 2005, Wasland headed to South Dakota State University (SDSU) to pursue a career in agriculture.

Wasland's life has been dedicated to production agriculture since day one. He can still remember driving a tractor solo for the first time when he was seven years old. On the ranch are Lee's parents, Larry and Lorene, and he is the youngest to older sister, Lindsey. Wasland's family owns Grazing Acres, a ranching outfit near Wallace, SD consisting of 1,000 acres of farmland and 200 stock cows. Dairy cows were also a part of the operation until 1997, when they sold out after 30 years to concentrate on the beef cattle. Today, the Waslands run 170 commercial cows and 25 Registered Angus females and farm corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.

"Now that I'm back home at the ranch, I would like to place my emphasis on the livestock side of the operation," said Wasland, who will be the fourth generation rancher on the home place. "I'm hoping to expand the registered herd and to work on being more efficient. As far as production goes, we are nearly at our maximum, and now we can work on being more efficient and better marketing our products."

Like every other little boy growing up, Lee Wasland dreamed of being a firefighter and a cowboy. As time progressed, Wasland set his whimsical fantasies aside to realize that his dream was to work outside with his hands when he grew up. After graduating high school in 2005, Wasland headed to South Dakota State University (SDSU) to pursue a career in agriculture.

Wasland's life has been dedicated to production agriculture since day one. He can still remember driving a tractor solo for the first time when he was seven years old. On the ranch are Lee's parents, Larry and Lorene, and he is the youngest to older sister, Lindsey. Wasland's family owns Grazing Acres, a ranching outfit near Wallace, SD consisting of 1,000 acres of farmland and 200 stock cows. Dairy cows were also a part of the operation until 1997, when they sold out after 30 years to concentrate on the beef cattle. Today, the Waslands run 170 commercial cows and 25 Registered Angus females and farm corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.

"Now that I'm back home at the ranch, I would like to place my emphasis on the livestock side of the operation," said Wasland, who will be the fourth generation rancher on the home place. "I'm hoping to expand the registered herd and to work on being more efficient. As far as production goes, we are nearly at our maximum, and now we can work on being more efficient and better marketing our products."

Like every other little boy growing up, Lee Wasland dreamed of being a firefighter and a cowboy. As time progressed, Wasland set his whimsical fantasies aside to realize that his dream was to work outside with his hands when he grew up. After graduating high school in 2005, Wasland headed to South Dakota State University (SDSU) to pursue a career in agriculture.

Wasland's life has been dedicated to production agriculture since day one. He can still remember driving a tractor solo for the first time when he was seven years old. On the ranch are Lee's parents, Larry and Lorene, and he is the youngest to older sister, Lindsey. Wasland's family owns Grazing Acres, a ranching outfit near Wallace, SD consisting of 1,000 acres of farmland and 200 stock cows. Dairy cows were also a part of the operation until 1997, when they sold out after 30 years to concentrate on the beef cattle. Today, the Waslands run 170 commercial cows and 25 Registered Angus females and farm corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.

"Now that I'm back home at the ranch, I would like to place my emphasis on the livestock side of the operation," said Wasland, who will be the fourth generation rancher on the home place. "I'm hoping to expand the registered herd and to work on being more efficient. As far as production goes, we are nearly at our maximum, and now we can work on being more efficient and better marketing our products."

Like every other little boy growing up, Lee Wasland dreamed of being a firefighter and a cowboy. As time progressed, Wasland set his whimsical fantasies aside to realize that his dream was to work outside with his hands when he grew up. After graduating high school in 2005, Wasland headed to South Dakota State University (SDSU) to pursue a career in agriculture.

Wasland's life has been dedicated to production agriculture since day one. He can still remember driving a tractor solo for the first time when he was seven years old. On the ranch are Lee's parents, Larry and Lorene, and he is the youngest to older sister, Lindsey. Wasland's family owns Grazing Acres, a ranching outfit near Wallace, SD consisting of 1,000 acres of farmland and 200 stock cows. Dairy cows were also a part of the operation until 1997, when they sold out after 30 years to concentrate on the beef cattle. Today, the Waslands run 170 commercial cows and 25 Registered Angus females and farm corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.

"Now that I'm back home at the ranch, I would like to place my emphasis on the livestock side of the operation," said Wasland, who will be the fourth generation rancher on the home place. "I'm hoping to expand the registered herd and to work on being more efficient. As far as production goes, we are nearly at our maximum, and now we can work on being more efficient and better marketing our products."


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