Marlys Hoksbergen and her son Ryan own and operate West Wind Red Angus together.
We bought our first red angus cattle in 2017, while still dairying. The dairy herd was sold in 2019 and we have been working on growing our herd and improving our genetics ever since.
I have always wanted to be a cowboy. I blame my mom for letting me watch lots of John Wayne movies when I was little. When she gave us ponies, my brothers and I spent many hours galloping across the pasture pretending we were cowboys.
Growing up on a dairy and then owning one with my mom was the starting point on the road God has for me. Through it I gained a love for cattle and the knowledge that quality cattle make an operation profitable. Thus from the start, I worked to breed our milking herd to be their best. In 2017, trusting God’s leading, we purchased our first red angus cattle. I have enjoyed breeding them to produce the best offspring as well. As our business grows, we hope to build many good relationships with cattle producers looking for the well-rounded, profitable cattle we have to offer.
I have been a dairy farmer most of my life. My goal has always been to breed better and better dairy cows--a cow that produces the most milk possible, has good feet, good legs, a good udder, and would stay in the herd for a long time. I want to produce well-rounded, profitable red angus cattle as well using genomics, which I find fascinating.
Any free time I have, I like to spend with my six children, their spouses, and my 17 grandchildren. It is always encouraging to see God working in all facets of my family's lives.