My name is Hayes Hutter and I am a summer intern for Rock Hills Ranch. I am from southwest Missouri, around the Springfield area. I am currently between my freshman and sophomore year at Northeast Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma, majoring in Animal Science.
My family includes 2 sets of twins—I have a twin brother, along with a younger brother and sister, who are also twins. Both of my parents are in the education field. My dad teaches Agriculture Education at Missouri State University and my mom is a high school English teacher.
Our family ranch is primarily a commercial cow/calf and stocker operation. The land has been in the family for four generations and I hope to take it over one day. The Rock Hills Ranch internship appealed to me because of the focus on grass production, the grazing practices, and the different types of terrains and forages they have here in Lowry, South Dakota. I hope to expand my understanding of grazing and herd management practices so that I can take new ideas back to our family operation.
The Permans have welcomed me with open arms since I stepped foot on the ranch. I’m excited to be here and can’t wait for the experiences this summer as opportunities to learn much from Luke and the rest of the crew.