Kenny and Stephanie Kirk are not your typical livestock farmers, meaning that are born and raised with livestock all around them. Rather they were both “townies” and graduated from Springdale High School. However, Kirk was highly involved in FFA and placed second in the state for individual livestock judging. He also worked on farms during high school and looked up to Gene Shockley who had a cow/calf farm and the Parsons family who ran a feeder operation. Kenny said, “The bug bit, and I knew I wanted in.” Kenny knew two things: he wanted to farm and he wanted to live in Madison County.
The quality and success of any cattle operation depends on the animal science knowledge of the owner as much as it depends on the marketing of their beef program. The sales or services can vary through production/consignment sales or through a private treaty.
Donald and Dale Meek’s grandparents were the Lassiters and the Meek’s. They were ranchers and farmers in 1840. The grandfather on the Lassiter side was in the Civil War, when it was over he ran a cotton gin. Then in 1867 he became sheriff. However, they always had horses and cattle to make a living.