Meet the Weavers
Some will tell you that being a cattle farmer is one of the hardest professions there is. Yet, for the Weaver family of Crawford County, doing their part in the agricultural industry extends far beyond the cattle fences. For Kurt, Ashley, Colt and Laramie Weaver they not only own over 50 head of cattle, they also own three barns of weaned hogs and farm over 1,200 acres of crops.
Kurt and Ashley, a Financial Services Officer for Farm Credit, are the last stop in the production chain for both their cattle and hog operations. Although they have about 20 mama cows that raise babies, their primary cattle business is in freezer beef sales where they feed out 30-40 head of cattle each year. Basically the Weavers will receive cattle from other farmers when they weigh approximately 500-800 pounds; they will provide the cattle with feed and care until they are ready to go to harvest at about 1,100-1,400 pounds. For the Weavers, they choose to provide their cattle with a grain based diet, much like the majority of cattle feeders in America. This process provides the cattle with a nutritionist-approved balanced diet.
For the Weavers, taking care of their animals is of the upmost priority. “The cattle get checked every day.” Kurt says. “To ensure herd health we make sure every animal has fresh water, feed and hay and dry bedding. We work closely with our veterinarian to ensure we are caring for the cattle in the best possible way.”
For the Weaver family, investing in their livestock just makes sense. “Everything we do, we do with consumers in mind. At the end of the day we, too, are the consumers.”