Tim and Cathleen own and operate a farm in Richmond, Kentucky (Madison County). Tim, born and raised in Letcher County, Kentucky, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Go EKU Colonels! Cathleen graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Go UF Gators! We met and fell in love at post-graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Go 49ers! We were happily married on September 30, 2000 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
New jobs led us back to Richmond, Kentucky on Christmas in 2000. After many months of searching, we found our dream farm in the summer of 2001. It was not long before we made our first livestock purchase, 19 purebred Black Angus heifers. Being new at farming, we enthusiastically read many cattle books, attended many cattle and farm meetings, and completed Cow College at the University of Kentucky. Now, we successfully manage a 50 cow/ calf herd. We estrus synchronize our breeding females which gives us a 45 day calving period beginning mid February. We select our best heifer calves to breed and sell as replacement heifers in the following year. Our bull calves are castrated at 3-4 months of age. Not implanting our cattle provides a natural marketing option.
Our farm, like most is constant work in progress. We continue to grow and improve our farm by building new barns, a feed lot, a hay storage, a cattle working facility, and installing water tanks for rotational grazing and new fence. Renovating our pastures with red and white clover, orchard grass, and alfalfa has allowed us to harvest higher quality and more round and square bales. We have begun marketing our hay. With each new project we evaluate its effects on the livestock and surrounding environment.