Hometown: Ozark, Mo.
Family: Wife Kimberly, adult children Derek and Jessica, and four grandchildren
In Town: Vincent Boggs spent 30 years as a project superintendent with Springfield Builders in Springfield, Mo. On March 1, however, he began a new career as the facilities director at Encounter Cove, formally Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, Mo., was purchased by the Encounter Ministry in late 2021. Vincent and his wife of 15 years, Kimberly, also own Salon 3:16 in Ozark, Mo.
In the Country: Vincent started the cattle operation about six years ago.
“I was brought up around cattle but got away from it for most of my life. We run about 50 head now. We started by raising baby calves and kept them to be mommas. I wouldn’t suggest that to anyone; just go buy your mommas,” Vincent said with a laugh. “I’m just now up and running good because of the way we started. We’ve picked up a few head along the way, and I’ve had calves on the ground for three years.”
Boggs Farms began with an Angus bull and a herd of commercial black and Hereford females. Last year, Vincent switched to a LimFlex bull and is pleased with the results.
“The LimFlex seems to be gentler than what I had with the Angus,” Vincent said. “He is just a really good bull, and I haven’t had any problems, and I haven’t pulled a calf since. I just got my first set of calves from my own heifers this year and they are heifers out of that LimFlex.”
Four years ago, the Boggses had the opportunity to purchase 100 acres in Rogersville, Mo. Vincent attended an NRCS grazing school and was able to construct a managed grazing system on his farm, and installed a well and five waterers. They are now trying to tap into the farm-to-fork beef market.
Future plans: Vincent said he is torn between two passions.
“The older I get, the more I have become interested in people’s lives,” he said. “Farming and cattle take a lot of time, and the Lord is pulling me more to ministry. It’s a crazy place to be because it has always been a dream to raise cattle. If I had just a day left, what would I want to spend it doing? I’d want to spend it pouring into people. I really don’t know where I’m headed.”