Dustin Cowell is a cattle farmer and real estate appraiser who lives in Mount Judea, Newton County. He and his wife Kayla have one daughter, Landry Jo, and they run a cow/calf operation with around 35 momma cows. The couple also serves as chairs of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.
On Big D Ranch near Center Ridge, members of the DeSalvo family have been raising cattle since the 1800s. Today they focus on the development of registered Ultrablack bulls and heifers using artificial insemination, genetic selection and ultrasound data to advance the breed.
Brian Weisenfels loves his black baldy cattle. The white head and black body are typical of this crossbreed of Hereford and solid black angus cattle. These 40 transplant beef cattle from Montana are his pride and joy. Meet this Logan County rancher and learn how he’s using them as the foundation to build a new herd. Arkansas’ excellent forage production is a great strength to the state’s beef producers.
Gurdon’s Kaylie Stone has been showing animals and winning since the age of 7. Her dedication and competitive fire have resulted in numerous champion animals through the years, making her a role model for young Arkansans in agriculture and beyond. Stone graduated this spring from Gurdon High School and has likely raised more Grand […]
Derek Helms is a dairy and row-crop farmer in Clark County and serves as president of the Clark County Farm Bureau. We recently sat down with Derek during a Farm Bureau Member Appreciation event in Arkadelphia to discuss a variety of topics, including the state of the dairy industry, his involvement in Farm Bureau and […]
Five Questions for Dairy Farmer Matt Simon Matt Simon, 43, is a dairy farmer. He farms with his father, Mike and his brothers Frederic, 47, and Jason, 42, at Simon Brothers Dairy just outside of Conway in Faulkner County. Q: What’s the most satisfying aspect of being a dairy farmer? A: The most satisfying thing […]
Brett Ausley is a young cattleman producing and marketing Wagyu beef on his family ranch in Hot Spring County. He got into Wagyu about five years ago and he’s selling it directly to consumers through social media and to local restaurants. We visited Ausley’s ranch for a conversation about his business. Here is our conversation: […]
We recently sat down for a short Q & A with Allen Stewart, former Arkansas Farm Bureau board member and cattle and poultry farmer, on his ranch near Mena in Polk County. Stewart served 14 years on the ArFB board and continues to serve as president of Polk County Farm Bureau. Now 76-years-old, he reflects […]
The Arkansas State Fair & Livestock Show officially kicked off on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a ribbon cutting at the Fairgrounds in Little Rock. The event marked the beginning of a wild week and a half for youth and families from around the state, as they wrangled, pulled, carried and cajoled their cattle, hogs, goats, […]
Jennifer Cook, owner of 5C Cattle Co. in Wooster (Faulkner County), is a first-generation cattle producer a graduate of the agriculture program at the University of Arkansas. She recently wrote a column for ArkansasBusiness.com about the importance of opening the China market to U.S. beef. In the column, she provided some interesting anecdotes about her […]