Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 24, 2012

Chamber visits cattle farm

By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — A local beef cattle farmer had the chance to show off his farm operation recently when a group from the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce chose his farm as their quarterly agribusiness visit.

Don Wilson, who has been raising beef cattle for 22 years on Twin Knobs Farm on the edge of Barren County, welcomed the opportunity to share his passion with others in the community. He started out by telling the group of about 10 visitors some of the history surrounding his land.

Wilson bought his original farm in 1990, and it had 93 and a half acres, 22 cows, one bull and 90 rolls of hay, he said. The land sits near the intersection of Old Munfordville Road and Old Lexington Road,  a crossroads that used to be known as Horse Well back when it was a busy stage coach route, Wilson said. At one point, Wilson said a friend brought him an article that described 2,000 Confederate soldiers that camped along the knobs on which his farm sits.

Over the course of Wilson’s personal history with the land, he has bought several more farms to complement his first piece of land. He owns about 356 acres, Wilson said, and with leases and tenant agreements, he farms about 700 acres total. He runs a cow-calf beef operation and also grows hay and soybeans.

Wilson showed the chamber group his hay operation and described how he preserves excess hay from one year to the next in a way that keeps it completely fresh, which was interesting to those who had never been to the farm before, according to Tommy Jackson, the member of the chamber’s agribusiness committee who recommended visiting Wilson’s farm.

Wilson also demonstrated his state-of-the-art cattle handling facility, which he designed himself. The whole visit was impressive, according to Jackson.

“We were all very impressed with his farm, how he maintains it, how he keeps the facility clean,” Jackson said. “Everyone was very impressed.”

Wilson has about 250 brood cows and about 250 calves on any given day, he said. The number varies as calves are born and calves and cows are also sold.

“It’s constantly changing,” Wilson said. “You’ve got new ones being born and ones being weaned and others being sold. It’s kind of an evolutionary thing.”

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