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Little Accomplishments

K5 Cattle Company is building an operation for the future  FAIR GROVE, MO. - When Roy Kaderly bought his property between Marshfield and Fair Grove, Mo., he thought he would raise cows, just like his father and grandfather had done before him.  “The country life is what I always knew I wanted, so we bought 10 acres and got a few...

Dreams Can Come True

Missouri couple builds a two-state cattle operation and a cowboy ministry GOODMAN, MO. – Every story has a beginning and a move into the country proved to be a direct path to where we find B.J. and Janet Jordan, owners of Across Jordan Cattle Co. and serving in their ministry Crossroads Horse Ministry. B.J. Jordan was raised in Goodman, Mo., until...

An Inherited Love

Sisters JoBeth Evans and Maggie Davidson continue their family’s farming tradition HINDSVILLE, ARK. - In the 1930s, Ewen and Edith Easterling settled outside Huntsville, Ark., and began farming. Then, in 1959, they moved to Hindsville when land became available in the fertile Hindsville Valley. There they raised their daughter Joie. However, she and her husband Vernon Williams were more interested in...

A Little Divine Intervention

Jim Craven said he had no intention to become a cattleman CANE HILL, ARK. - Jim Craven was born in and raised in Akron, Ohio, in 1936. He served in the Marine Corps and was deployed during the Korean War as a machine gunner. Then he moved to California and developed a plumbing business. In 1990, while in his 50s,...

Making Their Own Way

The Hoien family started their own cattle and beef operation in 2008 ATKINS, ARK. - Like many kids who grew up in the Midwest and south, Matt Hoien had a keen interest in animals. From his days in the 4-H and FFA, he knew as he got older that was the direction he wanted to steer his life.  However, finding the...

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Logan Lancaster

Age: 13 Hometown: Mountain Grove, Mo. Parents: Clinton and Emily Lancaster Siblings: Tatum and Cooper 4-H Club: Mountain Grove School District 4-H Club Leader: Ramona Andrus What is your involvement in agriculture? “I judge beef cows, swine, sheep and goats. I raise beef cows, Angus. We ween cows every six months. I have to feed cows, six mommas and six babies, every morning before sunrise and...

Hidden History

Couple say they purchased the property and donated it as a way to give back to the community MARSHFIELD, MO. - Among the hustle and bustle of city traffic is a hidden gem. At 716 W. Hubble Drive in Marshfield, Mo., a small piece of preserved history sits right in the middle of town, the Hidden Waters Nature Park.  Roads, residential...

Ricky Rose

Hometown: Long Lane, Mo. Family: Wife Ilene, daughter Kelsey and son Hayden In Town: A native of Dallas County, Mo., and a graduate of Buffalo High School, Ricky Rose graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in agricultural business: finance and management. “The timing of my graduation in finance was tough as we were in the 2007-20808 recession and getting a...

Fritts Farm Equipment

Location: Waynesville, Mo.  Owner: Roy Fritts History: Roy Fritts worked for many years in the auto parts industry and farmed as well, but he decided it was time to open his own business and began Fritts Farm Equipment about 25 years ago. “You just kind of work into stuff you enjoy,” Roy said. “I enjoy what I do and have met some wonderful...

Jaci Beals

Age: 16 Hometown: Judsonia, Ark.  Parents: Bradley and Casey Beals Siblings: Keaton Brahic (17) and Mason Beals (8) FFA Chapter: White County Central FFA  Chapter advisor: Lucas Anderson What is your involvement FFA? “I have been an FFA member for three years, and an FFA officer for two years. I have participated in Greenhand conference, and I also competed in sub area discussion my freshman year....

Gallery Drives to Inspire

The Baum Gallery began as a way to support students, but it has grown to much more In 1996, the University of Central Arkansas introduced the Baum Gallery to its campus. Built on funds donated from the Baum family, it had a simple mandate when it first opened its doors.  “The Baum Gallery is a small museum on the campus of...

The Right Vitamins

Having the right vitamins is essential in preventing health issues in your herd As the seasons change, the vitamin needs of cattle fluctuate. It is...

Marketing for Small Producers

Marketing plans are a like a road map to help producers reach their goals Marketing is not always an easy task for small producers, but...

Good Hoof Care is Critical

Mobility is important for production and good health Foot health is critical for your horse and cow’s performance. Yet, what are the signs of bad...

Backgrounding Programs

Maximizing profits with weaned calves How a producer approaches backgrounding cattle varies from operation to operation. In general terms, backgrounding cattle is the practice of...

Cull the Bull

Determine when a herd sire should stay or go A producer’s herd sire may be one of the trickiest animals on the farm to manage....

Keeping Livestock Records

Health and management documentation are critical for livestock producers On a farm the to-do list may seem endless. Whether it is fence to fix, animals...