What We Do At Crestview
At Crestview Angus we raise registered Angus cattle. We have 180 mama cows that raise calves for us. We retain several heifers each year to restock our herd. We also raise bulls and sell them via private treaty after a year of age or consign them to the annual Black Bull Sale that we are part of in Lake City, FL. Our farm is located in the beautiful foothills of Rome, Georgia. The farm was named for the view over our pastures.
We also raise registered Quarter Horses for cow work and stock horse shows. We have a small herd with show horses, broodmares and working cow horse prospects. We have selected top reining and cow horse bloodlines for our stock. We have a gorgeous working male border collie from Texas that has sired many litters for us and outside customers. He is in charge of moving cows when we need his help.
We also raise broilers for a poultry integrator. We have six chicken houses that hold almost 30,000 birds each. We have a flock for an average of 35 days before they are taken to be processed. Chickens and cows work well together because we can use the chicken litter as fertilizer on our pastures. In order to do this we follow a comprehensive nutrient management plan. This plan uses soil sample analyses and animal waste reports to calculate how much of the plant nutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that we need to apply on the pastures. We cut a lot of hay each year to make sure that our cattle have enough forage year round so soil nutrients are very important to the health of our cattle.
We mainly raise our cattle for breeding animals but there are a few we feed out each year and have processed into the absolute most delicious steaks, roasts, briskets and ground beef I have ever tasted. My husband selects the artificial insemination and herd bulls we use each year for top quality beef genetics. And I have to say it works! We don’t currently sell any beef to the public but we can sell animals on the hoof so that you can get the animal processed yourself after purchase.
For north Georgia we are a fairly good sized farm. Our acreage wouldn’t begin to compare to the ranches out west but we can successfully run over 350 head (when you include calf numbers) on a mostly forage diet. The only cattle we feed are the weaned bulls and heifers through their two year old year. We do supplement with hay when needed but rely mainly on the ryegrass we overseed in the fall and the bermuda that comes up in the late spring.
We are very fortunate to be a part of this family farm. I feel so overwhelmed by the beauty of the land especially when I get the opportunity to view it horseback. It fills my heart with joy to see the new calves romping in the deep green grass and to smell the freshly rolled hay stacked in the barn. I love to watch my daughter dig in the dirt and pat the horses’ necks. My husband has found a little treasure in a blackberry patch and he loves to take our little girl up there to pick them. We have also gotten a good start to a garden this year. We enjoyed our first squash last week; there’s nothing better than homegrown veggies at meal time. It was so much fun planting this year. We had almost all of my husband’s family from ages 1 to 72 out to help hoe and plant the okra, green beans, corn, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. Farming is a lot of hard work but it’s the blessings like these that make it all worth while.