For me, the first two months of the year are defined by traveling. It is known as the convention and seminar season.
This year I started that season off with our KCA convention in Owensboro. This year’s convention went well and I enjoyed getting to visit with all the producers that attended.
Shortly after returning from western Kentucky I departed for Florida for a session of the Kentucky Ag Leadership Program (KALP). The next week I flew to San Antonio, Texas to attend Cattleman’s College at the NCBA Convention. The convention was well attended and I got the opportunity to meet producers and counterparts from all over the country.
As good as it is to attend these events, our absence from the farm doesn’t make it any easier on those that have to stay behind to look after things. For Eden Shale Farm, the person that makes all this possible, is our Farm Manager, Greg Cole.
Greg is in charge of the daily operations of the farm and is certainly busy in my absence. This time of year there are plenty of menial chores that have to be completed, all while fighting the mud. Checking cows, feeding hay, putting out mineral, feeding the steers, keeping water tanks thawed, etc. Someone has to do these chores, day in day out, and Greg does a wonderful job of operating the farm.
Besides the daily chores Greg also oversees the construction projects going on at the farm. If you have ever been to a field day or tour of Eden Shale you would have noticed Greg working behind the scenes, parking cars or driving the tractor and trolley. But most importantly Greg is the caretaker of our animals at the farm. By early March we will be in full swing of calving season and there won’t be a spare minute that Greg isn’t watching the herd carefully.
Every farm has that person that takes care of things when we’re away. For Eden Shale, it’s Greg Cole. So I want to say thank you Greg, for all your work and dedication, I certainly appreciate it.