NEW AUBURN — Many farmers who raise cattle in the Chippewa Valley use them in the dairy industry. However, for nearly three decades, Dan and Lori Lyons have raised beef cattle on their farm north of New Auburn in Barron County.
The Lyonses have 40 mature beef animals. They raise the cattle for roughly the first seven months after birth, then they are sold to a larger operation each fall, where they’ll grow for another year before being slaughtered.
Lori Lyons grew up on a family farm south of Eau Claire.
“I grew up with beef cattle,” Lori Lyons said. “I never milked cows. My parents had a small hobby farm with 15 beef cattle.”
Overall, the Lyonses have about 90 head of cattle, including the newborns and replacement heifers, and are involved in the promotion of beef cattle. She serves on the Northern Wisconsin Beef Producers Association board.