“We AI our cattle, but we’re not brave enough to AI our goats,” Joanna laughed. The Carters have had goats for five years, and cattle for longer than that. When they moved to their current location, in Dadeville, Mo., Brad said their fields were covered with serecia lespedeza. “The cattle wouldn’t eat it, that and all our brush. So we got goats to take care of it,” he recalled.
Fifteen years later, the hills of his 90-acre farm are dotted not with the equines he first envisioned, but with the white, sturdy bodies of Charolais cattle. The horse project just hadn’t worked out — his mares wouldn’t breed and the market was turning gloomy.
“This was an opportunity for me to get out and do something on my own,” said Mary, owner of Rafter B Cutting Horses in Cabool. “But Robert is my support; I couldn’t do this without him!”