Laura Tolton is pursuing her dream to raise cattle, and has started as a small-scale commercial farmer. She’s from Carberry, and has relatives in Virden, and Kenton as well.
Tolton runs a 40-head Angus x Simmental cow-calf operation along with a few purebred Angus.
“I grew up with cows,” says Tolton.
She was raised on a horticultural farm where her parents raised fruit/vegetable crops, (they’re in their 20th year operating greenhouses, selling plants to the Town of Carberry and area.). But it was her father’s small herd of cows that captured her imagination.
“I stayed with the cattle side, with my first group-purchase of some bred heifers in 2017 and hope to one day be able to farm cattle solely.”
interest in livestock was nurtured by her 12-years of 4-H work and membership in the Junior Angus association. As a youth, she showed cattle at several shows per year.
Tolton currently works full-time at Ag World Support Systems in Carberry, a service focusing on agricultural commodity inspections, sampling and analysis. And, her education was just another stepping stone along the way.
“I studied animal health technology after my graduation in 2014. But after a year working in a clinic, I decided to work close to home to purse my cattle farm dream.”