Dr. Jason Cater, president of the Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association, conducted a tour last week of his Drew County cattle farm for members of the cattlemen’s association. The cattlemen and women met at Cater’s business, Cater Cattle & Equine Clinic in Monticello, before heading out to his farm on Florence Road.
“Even though there was the threat of thunderstorms, we loaded onto two long trailers and sat on hay bales as we drove down Florence Road to see some good looking cattle grazing in beautiful pastures,” said Mary Ann Corker, recorder of the Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association. “Jason explained to us the size of his farm and how many head of cattle he raises. How he utilizes rotational grazing.”
Cater, who raises fall and spring calves each year, outlined the benefits of two crops of calves and demonstrated how to fertility and Trich test a bull.
In addition to raising cattle, Cater, a 5th generation farmer, raises laying chickens and has a family garden. He and his wife Sara and their two sons are the Drew County Farm Family of the Year.
The honor, Corker said, could not have gone to a more deserving family.
“Besides being a good farmer and veterinarian, Jason is a family man who takes raising his family very seriously and leads by example,” Corker said. “He is a Deacon, Song Leader and Adult Training Union Teacher at Ladelle Baptist Church and also sings in the choir along with Sara. He is a member of the Drew County School Board, Farm Bureau Board, and Drew County Fair Board and believes that we all have a civic duty to do what we can to make our community a better place to live.”
Their sons, Weston, 10, and Tanner, 7, both own their own cattle and are the sixth generation to farm and raise cattle on the Cater property.
“We are proud of the Cater family and are happy to know that others in our state will get the opportunity to know, love and respect the Caters as we have in the Cattlemen’s Association,” Corker said.
Corker also announced the association’s scholarship recipients. Morgan Densmore and Eric Manos will both receive a $500 check to help them with their education expenses.
Corker said Delta ACA Farm Credit treated the group to hamburgers and hot dogs and all the trimmings and members of the cattlemen’s assocation prepared deserts for the meeting.
The cattlemen’s association will meet again on June 20 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where Matt Alstadt of Ag Pro will field questions about hay baling equipment. The group will also meet Steve Kelley, the new County Extension Agent.
Photos and information courtesy of Desha/Drew Cattlemen’s Association.