Beef Cattle Allow Farm to Grow

The capital investment of crop farming deters many young people, but the added income and labor savings that livestock brings can help the next generation carry on the family tradition.

With his finance background, Wes Strode found that beef cattle would allow him to join his family's farm. “I was a banker for seven or eight years ... and decided I wanted to come home to farm. Putting a pencil to it and comparing the high price of land and cash rent to feeding livestock ... we really thought adding cattle to our existing grain operation was the way to go,” says Strode.