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Trusting in God’s Plan

California couple takes a make leap of faith to an Arkansas dairy goat operation DURHAM, ARK. - Faith. Family. Farm. That is the order in which Scott and Tessa McCormick prioritize their lives. The McCormicks own and operate White River Creamery, a goat dairy in Northwest Arkansas.  The dairy specializes in artisan cheeses and holds the distinction of being the only...

Five Generations and Counting

Miller Dairy is only a handful of dairy farms in Greene County, Mo.  WALNUT GROVE, MO. - The old saying that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer typifies the Miller Farm of Walnut Grove, Mo.  For five generations, the Roundtree/Miller family...

Drawn to Farming for a Stable Future

The Enke’s farming operation has grown to become the family’s main food source NEWBURG, MO. - Tracy Enke grew up dirt poor in a town subdivision but dreamed of one day living in the country and raising her family on a farm. The urge may have begun when her family traveled to Nowata, Okla., in the summertime to help her grandma tend...

Expanding Through Generations

Ozark Mountain Creamery has grown since Fry Dairy began in 1957 MOUNTAIN GROVE, MO. - Carrying on the family tradition of dairy farming, brothers David and Dwight Fry and their families, of Mountain Grove, Mo., expanded Fry Dairy into the creamery business. Ozark Mountain Creamery milk stands out in the cooler with its unique glass bottle. David’s wife Teresa and Dwight’s wife...

Efficient Dairy Farming

Gettle Dairy Farm utilizes a robotic milking system for it’s 120-cow herd  PLEASANT HOPE, MO. - On the Gettle Dairy Farm in Pleasant Hope, Mo., robotic milkers save Ryan and Debbie Gettle precious time with their four children.  Since 2016, the Gettles have ran a cattle and dairy operation on 1,100 acres in Polk County with Ryan’s parents, Chuck and Diane...

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NEIGHBORS

Brooke Hoffman

Age: 17 Hometown: Hurley, Mo. Parents: Tina and Mike Means Siblings: Alex, Charlie and Easton FFA Chapter: Hurley FFA Advisor: Cody Wright (retiring) and Laura Motley-Mahnken What is your involvement in agriculture?  “I currently hold an officer position in the Hurley FFA as president. I also live and have my own farm where I raise Belted Galloway cattle, multiple breeds of chickens and goats. I must meet each animal’s nutritional needs and keep the...

RoMona Andrus

Hometown: Cabool, Mo. Family: Husband Donald; daughters Autumn Hardy and Patrice Pyatt; son Brandon Andrus; and six grandchildren.  In Town: RoMona Andrus is wrapping up a 20-year career as an agriculture instructor at Mountain Grove High School. Her official retirement date is June 30.  She has also been very active in 4-H, serving as a leader for 35 years.  Despite her retirement from education, RoMona said she plans to...

Double B Farm & Supply

Owners: Ryan and Melissa Mitchell Location: Urbana, Mo. History: After battling issues with his fencing system, Ryan Mitchell began researching other options. That’s when he found Timeless Fence System.  “I was frustrated with cracked insulators on my hot wire, insulators being knocked off by deer and I was looking for a better solution, and this is what I found,” Ryan said.  Ryan launched Double B...

Whispers from the Past

The Kendrick House is one of the few remaining structures in Jasper County, Mo., that withstood the Civil War CARTHAGE, MO. - The Kendrick House, located at 131 North Garrison St., just outside of historic Carthage, Mo., has many a tale to tell. From her origin in 1849, this home has provided a dramatic backdrop for injured Civil Car soldiers,...

Grow Smart, LLC

Locations: Viola, Mountain View and Pineville, Ark., Missouri locations: Hartville and Willow Springs.  Owners: Keith and Rebecca Gray, and Jessica Brown Viola Location Manager: Joe Stender History: The Grow Smart location in Viola, Ark., began about five years. The Pineville location was the first in Arkansas, followed by Viola and Mountain View.  Products and Services: Viola manager Joe Stender said the Pineville location has...

Evan Seay

Age: 18 Hometown: Jasper, Ark. Parents: Kenny and Sonya Seay Sibling: Samantha Seay Home FFA chapter: Jasper FFA, currently serving as the Arkansas FFA Northwest District Vice-President Home Chapter advisor: Mason Dorrell What is your involvement in agriculture? “I did not grow up on an active farm, but my family has been active FFA members for generations. In eighth grade, I was able to take my first agricultural education class,...

Focusing on Eye Health

Detecting and treating pink eye When pink eye strikes a herd, it can be a pain. Not just for the producer tasked with treating the...

Laminitis in Livestock

Addressing the causes and condition Laminitis is a common condition that can cause a wide range of foot pain in livestock. The condition can strike...

Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

Overheated cows can impact herd health and production The summer sun shines rays of warmth helping grass pastures and hay fields grow. However, as the...

Breeding Profitability

The importance of genetics in dairy production It’s no secret quality genetics increase profits. But just how important of a role does a herd’s genetics...

Dry Cow Management

Caring for cows in their off-season A little downtime goes a long way in improving a dairy cow’s future lactation. The care and nutrition cows...

Making a Master Plan

Strategizing for the present and the future As exciting as it may be to jump headfirst into a new construction project on the farm, pausing...