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Royalty in the Ozarks

Michael Hackbart’s flock of Royal White sheep are idea for his Miklin Creek Farm Living the Dream may have become a pop song, television show and catch phrase for many in recent year, but it is pretty close to reality for Michael and Linda Hackbart of western Laclede County, Mo., as they raise Royal White sheep on 115 acres. A retired...

Building a Reputation

Fair Grove, Mo., teen diligently works to improve his French Alpine herd Goats have been a part of Devon Miller’s farm life since childhood. His mom, Elise Miller, has raised meat goats since she 12, but when the Millers began looking at show animals, Devon wasn’t interested in showing meat goats. He gravitated, instead, to dairy goats. Devon and Elise began looking...

Collecting the Data

White Dorper producer Charlie Robinson traces his with flock with NSIP Charlie Robinson was introduced to Katahdin and Dorper sheep in high school through a neighbor, and he had a few head of his own. After a few years, it was off to college, then to veterinary school, so his sheep operation stopped. As time went on, Charlie graduated from vet...

Generations

Farming is in the Butler family’s DNA Raising cattle, planting crops in Northeast Oklahoma – it’s been a way of life for more than 100 years for members of the Butler family.  Now as the fifth generation prepares to pursue careers in agriculture, the future looks promising for the family. Detmer and Mary Houck settled in what is known as the former...

From Strawberries to Cattle

The Hamm family started with 90 acres and now has about 500 In 1958, Thomas Franklin and Darylene Joy Hamm traveled from a strawberry farm in Marshall, Ark., to a 90-acre strawberry farm in Stilwell, Okla., that was for sale near to Tom’s parents.  When Tom explained he didn’t have the money to buy the farm he offered to trade his...

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Moriah Ashby

• Age: 17 • Parents: Mark and Darci Ashby  • Siblings: Micah and Maddi Ashby • Hometown: Walker, Mo. • FFA Chapter: NEVC FFA • Advisor: Brett Neil How have you been involved in agriculture over the years? “My family and I live on a Boer goat farm. We raise and show our goats. My dad sells them as well. We raise goats from the time...

Randy Bittick

• Hometown: Sarcoxie, Mo  • Family: Parents Glenn and Anna Bittick; brothers Bryan and Jason Bittick; and sisters Carol Meyer and Johnna Greathouse  In Town: Randy Bittick started working part time at Leggett & Platt in Carthage, Mo., 21 years ago while he was in college. He is now a full-time laborer at the company’s wire mill. He welds wire and...

Serving the Community since 1905

Pearl Brothers offers hometown service  Pearl Brothers Hardware store in Joplin, Mo., has been around since 1905, although it has not always in the same location that is today.  The actual Pearl brothers originally opened the hardware store at 2nd and Main in Joplin. The initial store opened as a hardware store offering sporting goods and a pawn shop.  In 1949, father...

J&J Processing

• Owners: James and Julie Etter • Location: Pierce City, Mo. History: James and Julie Etter bought an older building in Pierce City, Mo., in January 2001 in hopes of starting J & J Processing, a custom processing plant. The building had once been a processing and packing plant, but when they purchased it, it was set up as only a...

Brett Seaman

Family: Wife Deanne, son Tim and daughter Tori Hometown: West Fork, Ark. In Town: “I was born in Bakersfield, Calif., and met my future wife Deanne while serving in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic. When I deployed during the Gulf War, Deanne moved back to our childhood stomping grounds in Arkansas and in with my mom Gina. I am now...

Sharing History

Duo works diligently to promote community history, as well new events and ideas  If every person’s story is worth the book, imagine what the story of a small town is worth. To date, the story of Marble City, Okla., is worth at least eight, large three-ring binders of old photographs and articles for sale by the local historical society. So...

Nutrition and Milk Production

Homegrown forages and constant monitoring are keys to success Nutrition plays a major role in milk production. Consulting with a nutritionist or extension expert can...

Managing Dairy Steers

Strategies for success in the steer market For some dairy farmers, raising dairy steers may feel like operating a completely different enterprise. In order to...

Breeding Dairy Heifers

Optimal timing and management for dairy heifers There are a number of financial benefits to breeding dairy heifers at the optimal time. Determining when to...

Selecting Traits for Production

Sire traits are important to today’s dairy industry First things first, producers should assess their operation and decide if they want to utilize a bull...

Estimated Breeding Values

Shepherds are utalizing EBVs to improve their flocks When shepherds evaluate an animal for its potential to be added to their flock, typically the first...

Starting in Small Ruminant Production

What producers need to know before buying sheep or goats Before diving deep into the small ruminant business, consider some of the following tips from...