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The Colby couple pool their skills and experience to start a heifer raising business

COLBY – For some it’s about taking over an existing family farm, while for others it means trying out various businesses, developing a plan and making changes to the business as you go.

Mike and Gina Redetzke combined their love for agriculture by developing a custom heifer raising business in Colby, not far from where Mike grew up on a 55-cow dairy farm.

Mike and his siblings were home-schooled, which allowed him to help his family with daily chores and field work, and to learn about farming.

During his teenage years, he sought extra income by working for a custom harvester and milking cows for a nearby farm.

At 18, he tried his hand at welding on the road, but soon realized that his heart was really in farming. He returned to work for his two former employers.

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