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Schuiteman enjoys her role in male-dominated cattle-feeding industry

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Lindsay Schuiteman is a 3rd generation family farmer on her family's custom cattle feeding operation near Sioux Center, Iowa Lindsay Schuiteman is a 3rd generation family farmer on her family's custom cattle feeding operation near Sioux Center, Iowa

Custom cattle feeding.  It's not just for men anymore.  A northwest Iowa woman is proof of that.  When it comes to raising cattle Lindsay Schuiteman is the exception rather than the rule.  A woman making a living in an industry traditionally dominated by men.  Lindsay works at her father's custom cattle feeding operation near Sioux Center.

"It just kind of came natural," she explained.  "Dad always took us out into the feedlot and had us help at a young age."

She said some people are surprised when they see her working at the facility.

"They maybe wonder, 'Ok, so, did the farmer send his wife out?'," Schuiteman said.  "But when I'm out there in the pens doing the work that everybody else does I think they just kind of think, 'well, I guess she probably does this a little more often than we think.'"

Lindsay has always loved animals.  She doesn't really see herself as a trailblazer.

"It's just what I do.  I haven't really thought that it was anything unusual.  I've always admired women that have worked in agriculture alongside men and doing that kind of thing." she said.

Cattle feeding runs in the Schuiteman family.  It was Lindsay's grandfather who started this operation.

And in case you're wondering, yes, Lindsay is a member of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association.  She says the male identification with the name doesn't bother her.

"It always is kind of like, 'Yeah, "cattlemen" or "stockmen" but I think it's just a category for people that work in the industries.  I've never really had too much of a problem with that," Schuiteman said with a laugh.

Lindsay has a degree in animal science from South Dakota State University.  She worked in a veterinary clinic for four years before going to work at her father's business.  She also has two sisters, Kari and Nicole, who work part-time at the family's cattle-feeding operation.

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