Brittney Mast, 6, entertains herself amongst toys and tools in her future home. The Mast family is building their own home on their 140-acre homestead, northeast of Cuba, Mo.

Brittney Mast, 6, entertains herself amongst toys and tools in her future home. The Mast family is building their own home on their 140-acre homestead, northeast of Cuba, Mo.

  Austin Mast, 11, embraces his brother Colton Mast, 1, at the breakfast table before departing for school. Austin and two other siblings attend a private Mennonite school, while the youngest two children remain at home with Ruthann.

Austin Mast, 11, embraces his brother Colton Mast, 1, at the breakfast table before departing for school. Austin and two other siblings attend a private Mennonite school, while the youngest two children remain at home with Ruthann.

  (From left) Austin, Nathan, and Travis Mast, 9, transport feed to a herd of red angus cattle as the morning light breaches the horizon of the family farm. Austin and Travis have more responsibilities on the farm than their siblings. Both are in charge the smaller animals like rabbits, chickens, and turkeys.

(From left) Austin, Nathan, and Travis Mast, 9, transport feed to a herd of red angus cattle as the morning light breaches the horizon of the family farm. Austin and Travis have more responsibilities on the farm than their siblings. Both are in charge the smaller animals like rabbits, chickens, and turkeys.

  Nathan seeds the freshly tilled garden plot with rye to rejuvenate the nutrients in the soil. “We don’t have all the fancy equipment other farms have,” Nathan said.

Nathan seeds the freshly tilled garden plot with rye to rejuvenate the nutrients in the soil. “We don’t have all the fancy equipment other farms have,” Nathan said.

  Framing is underway on the basement of their farm home. Nathan receives extra help from his brother David Mast, who sometimes brings several helping hands with him from the Nathan’s former community in Summersville.

Framing is underway on the basement of their farm home. Nathan receives extra help from his brother David Mast, who sometimes brings several helping hands with him from the Nathan’s former community in Summersville.

  Brittney retrieves bowls from a cabinet to set the table while her mother prepares dinner. The Masts had their current pre-fabricated home transported to a new location on the farm in July to make room for the new home construction.

Brittney retrieves bowls from a cabinet to set the table while her mother prepares dinner. The Masts had their current pre-fabricated home transported to a new location on the farm in July to make room for the new home construction.

  Austin cleans and loads his pellet gun in the barn for afternoon target practice after school. Austin is a budding hunter and shot four deer over the last two hunting seasons.

Austin cleans and loads his pellet gun in the barn for afternoon target practice after school. Austin is a budding hunter and shot four deer over the last two hunting seasons.

  During his morning routine Travis tends to the litter of rabbits that he’s responsible for.

During his morning routine Travis tends to the litter of rabbits that he’s responsible for.

 Outside the holding pens of the Interstate Regional Stockyards in Cuba, Brittney, Austin, Travis and Trevor Mast, 4, wait for their cattle to enter the auction house for the day’s sale. Nathan has been breaking into the regional cattle market.

Outside the holding pens of the Interstate Regional Stockyards in Cuba, Brittney, Austin, Travis and Trevor Mast, 4, wait for their cattle to enter the auction house for the day’s sale. Nathan has been breaking into the regional cattle market.

  Nathan weighs and tags a heifer that was born an hour before. Cattle on the Mast farm are artificially inseminated and timed to give birth in early autumn.

Nathan weighs and tags a heifer that was born an hour before. Cattle on the Mast farm are artificially inseminated and timed to give birth in early autumn.

 Austin waits patiently with “Blue,” his cow dog, while an automatic milking-machine pumps their milk cow in the barn. Austin has been training “Blue” how to herd cattle on command.

Austin waits patiently with “Blue,” his cow dog, while an automatic milking-machine pumps their milk cow in the barn. Austin has been training “Blue” how to herd cattle on command.

  Ruthann removes Colton’s socks before he tumbles around the garden plot in the late afternoon, while Nathan and Brittney look on. Ruthann enjoys planting and tending to flowers like tulips and daffodils.

Ruthann removes Colton’s socks before he tumbles around the garden plot in the late afternoon, while Nathan and Brittney look on. Ruthann enjoys planting and tending to flowers like tulips and daffodils.

  The Mast family takes an evening walk to visit a herd of cattle near their current home on the farm. They hope their new home will be ready by next year, settling further into their farm and life in Cuba, Mo.

The Mast family takes an evening walk to visit a herd of cattle near their current home on the farm. They hope their new home will be ready by next year, settling further into their farm and life in Cuba, Mo.

  Brittney Mast, 6, entertains herself amongst toys and tools in her future home. The Mast family is building their own home on their 140-acre homestead, northeast of Cuba, Mo.
  Austin Mast, 11, embraces his brother Colton Mast, 1, at the breakfast table before departing for school. Austin and two other siblings attend a private Mennonite school, while the youngest two children remain at home with Ruthann.
  (From left) Austin, Nathan, and Travis Mast, 9, transport feed to a herd of red angus cattle as the morning light breaches the horizon of the family farm. Austin and Travis have more responsibilities on the farm than their siblings. Both are in charge the smaller animals like rabbits, chickens, and turkeys.
  Nathan seeds the freshly tilled garden plot with rye to rejuvenate the nutrients in the soil. “We don’t have all the fancy equipment other farms have,” Nathan said.
  Framing is underway on the basement of their farm home. Nathan receives extra help from his brother David Mast, who sometimes brings several helping hands with him from the Nathan’s former community in Summersville.
  Brittney retrieves bowls from a cabinet to set the table while her mother prepares dinner. The Masts had their current pre-fabricated home transported to a new location on the farm in July to make room for the new home construction.
  Austin cleans and loads his pellet gun in the barn for afternoon target practice after school. Austin is a budding hunter and shot four deer over the last two hunting seasons.
  During his morning routine Travis tends to the litter of rabbits that he’s responsible for.
 Outside the holding pens of the Interstate Regional Stockyards in Cuba, Brittney, Austin, Travis and Trevor Mast, 4, wait for their cattle to enter the auction house for the day’s sale. Nathan has been breaking into the regional cattle market.
  Nathan weighs and tags a heifer that was born an hour before. Cattle on the Mast farm are artificially inseminated and timed to give birth in early autumn.
 Austin waits patiently with “Blue,” his cow dog, while an automatic milking-machine pumps their milk cow in the barn. Austin has been training “Blue” how to herd cattle on command.
  Ruthann removes Colton’s socks before he tumbles around the garden plot in the late afternoon, while Nathan and Brittney look on. Ruthann enjoys planting and tending to flowers like tulips and daffodils.
  The Mast family takes an evening walk to visit a herd of cattle near their current home on the farm. They hope their new home will be ready by next year, settling further into their farm and life in Cuba, Mo.

Brittney Mast, 6, entertains herself amongst toys and tools in her future home. The Mast family is building their own home on their 140-acre homestead, northeast of Cuba, Mo.

Austin Mast, 11, embraces his brother Colton Mast, 1, at the breakfast table before departing for school. Austin and two other siblings attend a private Mennonite school, while the youngest two children remain at home with Ruthann.

(From left) Austin, Nathan, and Travis Mast, 9, transport feed to a herd of red angus cattle as the morning light breaches the horizon of the family farm. Austin and Travis have more responsibilities on the farm than their siblings. Both are in charge the smaller animals like rabbits, chickens, and turkeys.

Nathan seeds the freshly tilled garden plot with rye to rejuvenate the nutrients in the soil. “We don’t have all the fancy equipment other farms have,” Nathan said.

Framing is underway on the basement of their farm home. Nathan receives extra help from his brother David Mast, who sometimes brings several helping hands with him from the Nathan’s former community in Summersville.

Brittney retrieves bowls from a cabinet to set the table while her mother prepares dinner. The Masts had their current pre-fabricated home transported to a new location on the farm in July to make room for the new home construction.

Austin cleans and loads his pellet gun in the barn for afternoon target practice after school. Austin is a budding hunter and shot four deer over the last two hunting seasons.

During his morning routine Travis tends to the litter of rabbits that he’s responsible for.

Outside the holding pens of the Interstate Regional Stockyards in Cuba, Brittney, Austin, Travis and Trevor Mast, 4, wait for their cattle to enter the auction house for the day’s sale. Nathan has been breaking into the regional cattle market.

Nathan weighs and tags a heifer that was born an hour before. Cattle on the Mast farm are artificially inseminated and timed to give birth in early autumn.

Austin waits patiently with “Blue,” his cow dog, while an automatic milking-machine pumps their milk cow in the barn. Austin has been training “Blue” how to herd cattle on command.

Ruthann removes Colton’s socks before he tumbles around the garden plot in the late afternoon, while Nathan and Brittney look on. Ruthann enjoys planting and tending to flowers like tulips and daffodils.

The Mast family takes an evening walk to visit a herd of cattle near their current home on the farm. They hope their new home will be ready by next year, settling further into their farm and life in Cuba, Mo.

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