Washington County farmers, ranchers honored at City-Farm Banquet

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

In the mid 70’s, Steve, along with help from his dad and others started building fences, cow pens, and putting in water lines for cattle.  It was then that he began buying a few cows and heifers from area farmers.

In October 1982, while penning cattle, Steve was struck down by a rogue cow, Andreasen said. He was severely injured as the cow tried to jump over him and was left with a spinal cord injury, paralyzing him. It was at this time that help for the young family came from all different directions as Steve was hospitalized for close to 6 months.  All of the crops were taken care of as well as all the cattle by a host of friends and relatives. It was at this time that younger brother, Chris, came into the farming picture.

Chris was just 15 when older brother, Steve, was injured.  He, along with their dad, took responsibility for the daily tasks involved with caring of the cattle. Upon graduation in 1984, Chris chose a full-time farming career with his brother, Steve.

The Smith goal is to raise cattle that are efficient and have good carcass qualities, Andreasen said. The cows are bred to calve in November/December prior to winter grazing which typically comes in January.

The Smiths intensively graze about 220 acres of Bahia grass, millet and crabgrass in the summer months.  In the winter months there are about 150 acres of ryegrass, oats and clover for the cattle to graze.

The Smith farm now consists of 362 acres owned by Steve and Chris and another 575 acres of rented land.

 



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