Farm Horizons, Oct. 2018

Luthens' Skyview Dairy named 2018 McLeod County Farm Family of the Year

The Luthens family, owners of Skyview Dairy near Hutchinson, was named 2018 Farm Family of the Year in McLeod County. The family was honored during Farmfest recently, and will be honored during the McLeod County Fair.

The Luthens’ Skyview Dairy was started by Daryl Luthens in 1968, with seven cows. Over time, the farm went through a series of expansions, bringing the current milking herd to about 1,400 cows. The family farms 3,500 acres and feeds most of the grain they grow to their livestock.

As the farm grew, so did the family, and all family members became involved. The farm is currently owned by Daryl and his sons, Shane, Brandon, Justin, and Garrett.

Justin and his fiancé, Megan, have a son, Milo. Justin heads up agronomy work on the farm, and Megan helps in the office and with field work.

Garrett and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Annabelle and Micah. Garrett manages farm operations, and Melissa handles the finances.

Justin and Daryl are members of the McLeod County Fair Board.

Garrett serves on the board of Minnesota Milk Producers Association, and chairs the group’s policy committee. He is a member of the Hutchinson Joint Planning Board, and helps with Cub Scout activities.

Melissa serves on the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee, and is a Girl Scout troop leader.

Daryl is a veteran of the National Guard.

Skyview Dairy hosts tours with a goal of educating more people about dairy farming. The Luthens partner with the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in teaching and research programs. The dairy received the Vet School’s 2018 Dairy Appreciation Award.

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