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Traverse County Farm Family

Dale and Jessica Vatthauer Family

Dale and Jessica moved to rural Wheaton in 2002. Three years later, the couple started raising crossbred beef cattle because they both had grown up with cattle. Since 2019, the family’s small herd is now all purebred Simmental. The Vatthauers manage a cow/calf operation along with selling finished home-raised beef to local consumers through a locker plant. They also background-raise purebred breeding gilts. They show their cattle and swine at local, regional and state shows.

The Vatthauer farm is named 4G Cattle. It’s named after Dale and Jessica’s four children whose first names all begin with the letter G. The kids started showing Brown Swiss dairy steers from their grandparents’ farm. Now they show their own beef breeding stock.

The couple’s oldest daughter, Gracie, works at PRO Co-op in Iowa as a marketing and communications specialist. Daughter Gentrie attends South Dakota State University. Their son Gradie will be a freshman at Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, S.D., and son Grissum will be a junior at Wheaton High School this fall. All the children play a key role in the success of the farm.

Dale is a district sales manager for Kibble Equipment and a member of the Traverse County Fair Board. Jessica is the FFA adviser and vo-ag instructor for Wheaton Area Schools. She volunteers with 4-H, FFA and area open class livestock shows. All the Vatthauer children have been involved in 4-H and FFA and have shown cattle in the open class beef show at the Minnesota State Fair.

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