History

Lunsford Ridge Farm was purchased in 1997 from the Hamilton family. The farm is a rolling 252 acres,creeks,and several long ridges that serve as pasture. Walt purchased the farm originally as a place for refuge for he and his family. He and Chase like to hunt and fish, and Margaret likes the outdoors as well. We thought that this location would be perfect for these activities. The proximity to home and Cincinnati and the outstanding roads to the farm also made this an ideal location.

Originally the neighbors continued to mow hay from the ridges for their cattle operations. However, over time, to my surprise actually, nature wins, and the pastures began to be slowly consumed by the woods below them. Chase had shown an interest in the farm, and began to research what animals could be put on the farm that would eat pasture and weeds, and be fairly self sufficient. He came to Walt with the idea of purchasing a few Texas Longhorn cattle.

In December of 2003, Chase saw an advertisement in a local paper for Texas Longhorns for sale. We drove only thirty minutes or so to a farm just north of Cincinnati. We discovered that the owner had traded some horses for the cattle, and after a couple of visits, we left with five unregistered Longhorns. Chase had his Christmas present for the year! There were three cows and two wonderful steers.

We were fascinated by the animals, and soon became interested in the registered Longhorn business. We bought more registered Longhorns over the next three years, including Matisse and a bull that became our herd sire last year, Unforgotten. We have high hopes for his progeny.

Matisse was used as our herd sire for three years, and gave us several spectacular heifers. They are pregnant this year and will be calving soon. We are very excited about seeing the color that Unforgotten should pass to his progeny.

At the same time, we purchased several registered Buelingo cows, and our herd sire Chain. The Buelingo breed are a very interesting belted beef cattle that look spectacular grazing on green pasture. They are easy calving, and bred for significant first year weight gain. We have been delighted with this herd.

Beginning in 2002 we began planning the construction of our cabin, road to the middle of our farm, barns for storage, and pasture renovation. Our cabin was finished late 2003, our roads and bridges about the same time. We built three ponds and stocked two of them with bass and bluegill. These major projects turned our once empty acreage into a viable cattle operation.

Finally, in 2007 we entered into the feeder calf business. Our intent is to purchase 400 or so pound calves, recently weaned, keep them for one hundred days, and sell them to a finishing feedlot. We expect that their weight gain will be 3 ½ to 4 lbs per day during this 100 day period. We would like to establish a schedule in which we are rotating calves three times per year. We have expanded our operation to accommodate up to 250 head of calves under roof per 100 day period. We now have dry lots under roof that are about a football field long, and between 60 and 80 feet wide. We also have two grain bins that will give us feed capacity of about 100 tons. During our last cycle, 80 or so calves at about 700 lbs were eating about 1 ton of feed per day!

We are excited about the future of our farm. Come see us; we always have cattle for sale.