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Not “No” but “Hell No”

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James Matthew Craighead asked this question: “Is grass fed the worst thing that happened to ag
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My name is Don Ashford and my wife is Betty and we live in Ethel, LA. It would be impossible for me to write a bio about myself without including Betty in it. We have been together since high school. I was in the senior class of 1955 and she was in the class of 1957. Do the math. We have raised cattle since 1959 except for a little time that I spent with Uncle Sam. We have grazed stockers, owned several cow- calf herds and custom grazed cattle for other folks. I worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years. Until we went into the dairy business in 1977 we were as most people down here part-timers or week-end ranchers. Later after we had learned enough about MIG to talk about it so that it would be understood by others we put together a pasture-walk group to introduce it to our friends and neighbors. We belong to more farm groups then we probably should but we get great joy working with other people. What makes us most proud are our son and daughter, our 5 grandkids and our 7 great-grand kids. It has been a hell of a trip so far, but we are not done yet.


  1. James Matthew Craighead says:

    Well written article! You have seen and experienced a time span of agriculture that I have only read or heard stories about.

    “The idea that grass fed is the worst thing that happened to agriculture is so far down the list of reasons that agriculture is in trouble it is out of sight.”

    I like it. This is the reaction I was hoping for….people who are willing to pull from their own personal experiences and knowledge and stand up for what they believe in.

  2. Stuart Gardner says:

    Well said! You are a lot smarter and more wise, than you look. I know that it is not the first time that you heard that compliment! Thanks to Mrs. Betty for keeping you alive and well, for so long!

    The small farm or ranch in the deep south and the southeastern US, is the backbone of the community. I am encourage by the awesome people that I see, that have moved out of the congested urban areas and to the country. They and our kids and grandkids are the future of agriculture! Many 50+ year olds have moved back to the farm and started producing local foods, to meet the growing demand. Most consumers of local foods are very smart, they know or will quickly learn the difference between authentic and fraudulently labeled and represented foods!

    Thanks for the great article!

    • Robert H Friel says:

      Thanks Don for another article with some great information and facts about life on the small farm. I do feel the educators at the universities had no choice but to preach imputes of all kinds because their job depended on the funding from these sources for the universities that they worked for. William Albrecht had a similar problem years ago and farmers were misinformed way back then. I also appreciate Stuarts response to your article. We need more of these articles so we can help give young farmers the desire to give their dream a try and live the great family life on the farm.

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