Mt. Ulla, North Carolina
Despite getting older, Joe and Robin of Back Creek Angus feel a drive to keep farming.
It’s all about pasture management at Back Creek Angus. While Joe and Robin Hampton sell their pasture raised beef and lamb to their local community, they also have chickens and donkeys, all of which play an important role on the farm.
In 2011, Joe served as the President of the American Angus Association. This position led him to travel to Argentina and Australia, a trip that revolutionized the way that he thought of pasture management.
Upon his return, Joe and Robin began a practice of rotational grazing at Back Creek Angus, whereby they move different groups of livestock to new pastures every four to six weeks. Because each type of livestock eats different plants, this type of grazing contributes to healthy pastures and well-fed livestock. Since adjusting their methods, Robin and Joe have stopped applying herbicides on their pastures and greatly reduced their use of fertilizer.
One Step at a Time
Carolina Farm Credit has been there to support Robin and Joe throughout their transition. “I really love working with Farm Credit. They are very responsive to our needs and very easy to work with,” Robbin said.
Despite getting older, Joe and Robin feel a drive to keep farming. Robin said, “We're already at retirement age, but we see this as a way to still stay and grow in our lives.”