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2015 Recipient: 4 L Livestock

Jim Ledford, 4 L Livestock Transition to Managed-Intensive Grazing Grant Award: $6,000 Jim is transitioning his cattle operation to year-round Managed-Intensive Grazing, the next step in becoming a profitable and sustainable business. He is purchasing and installing a fencing system, … View >>

2015 Recipient: Reeves Home Place

Robin Reeves Singleton, Reeves Home Place Farm WhiskeyPigs Branded Meat Grant Award: $6,000 Robin is developing a brand called “WhiskyPigs,” antibiotic and hormone-free meat from free-range animals that are fed whiskey mash from Troy & Sons at the Asheville Distilling … View >>

2015 Recipient: Ridgewood Simmentals

Rusty Henson, Ridgewood Simmentals Livestock Scales and Shelter Grant Award: $6,000 Rusty is increasing the efficiency and profitability of his cattle farm with the addition of livestock scales and a shelter. Instead of hauling his cattle to be weighed at … View >>

2015 Recipient: Isaacs Farm

David Isaacs, Isaacs Farm Improved Calf Weaning Capabilities Grant Award: $3,000 David is increasing the profitability of his cattle operation while enhancing the health and performance of his calves with the purchase of key pieces of equipment: a bulk feed … View >>

2014 Recipient: M&H Livestock

  Gregory has upgraded his corral/chute working facility, significantly improving cattle handling at the farm. He has purchased and installed commercial quality heavy duty chutes, panels and cages as well as improving the ground base with gravel so that cattle … View >>

2014 Recipient: Ruff B Farm

Chauncey Barber, Ruff B Farm Barber Boys’ Beef Grant Award: $3,000 Responding to an untapped market for freezer beef in Polk County, Chauncey is developing a portion of his existing hay and cattle farm to better accommodate steers and heifers. … View >>

2014 Recipient: Warren Cabe

Warren is increasing the number of calves for market with the purchase of electrical fencing for pasture management as well as materials for improved livestock handling. He is dividing nine acres into paddocks to permit controlled grazing and hence improve … View >>

2014 Recipient: Shady Place Farms

Neal and Ava have constructed a dedicated space on their farm for storing and marketing freezer beef to individuals and eventually restaurants. Their aim is to display a professional and sanitary image, “one that shows customers we are committed to … View >>

2014 Recipient: Walnut Hollow Ranch

Charlie Kissling, Walnut Hollow Ranch All Natural Beef Business Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 To meet heightened demand for all natural grass-fed beef in Clay County and surrounding communities, Charlie is increasing beef production by an additional 5,300 pounds of beef … View >>

2014 Recipient: Bingham Farm

Jeff is improving his cattle working facilities, housed in a converted tobacco barn, by adding a scale, sorting pens, electrical power and an upgraded chute system. He is also creating an on-farm shop to sell freezer beef and other products … View >>

2013 Recipient: Stines Farm

Boyd Clyde Stines, Stines Farm Grant Award: $6,000 – Beef Cattle Improvement Program “Having this equipment will enable us to be better positioned in the cattle industry for many more years to come.” ~ Boyd Clyde Stines Boyd is building … View >>

2013 Recipient: Ramsey Farms

James A. Ramsey, Ramsey Farms Cattle Handling Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Jimmie is purchasing cattle handling equipment to increase the poundage per animal, raising profits by $150 to $200 each. He plans to increase his herd from 40 to 80 … View >>

2013 Recipient: Payne Dairy Farm

Elymus D. Payne, Payne Dairy Farm Replacement Heifer Barn Grant Award: $6,000 Elymus is expanding to respond to the high demand for replacement heifers that have been trained to stand in headlocks. He is building a 40-foot by 100-foot pole … View >>

2013 Recipient: Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm

Randy and Megan Smith, Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm Improved Forage-based Genetics for Grass-fed Beef Grant Award: $6,000 The Smiths are transitioning their cattle to have foraged-based genetics, which should greatly reduce the high input costs associated with feed. Their goal … View >>

2012 Recipient: BRG Angus

Bobby Gragg BRG Angus Grant Award: $6,000 — Enhanced Cattle Production Bobby is improving his cattle production system with the incorporation of grain storage bins, an auger, feed bunks and creep feeders. Grain bins enables Bobby to purchase feedstuffs at … View >>