Town & Country
Name: Kathy Wallace
In Town: Kathy works as a bookkeeper for Danny and Donna Montgomery. They own Fiser Kubota. They have the Fiser Kubota tractor stores in Russellville, Ark., and in Little Rock.
In the Country: Kathy's farm, located outside Harrison, Ark., was passed down to her from her father. Most of it was the original family homestead, and some he added over the years. She runs around 100 head of cattle. She has hay put up on shares, around 500 or 600 bales every year. She runs a Charolais bull on her red cows or a Red Gelbvieh bull on her Charolais cows. These crosses bring her yellow calves. She says yellow Charolais calves bring more than straight Charolais often.
Family: Daughters: Mandy and Kayla Wallace
Why did you choose Charolais and Gelbvieh?
"We have quite a bit of a coyote problem. The Charolais cows are very protective. They will fight the coyotes or dogs. They're different like that. And the Gelbvieh, I love my Gelbvieh bull. He is so gentle. Gelbvieh cows are a little easier to work with."
If you could improve your operation how would you?
"I would add an indoor riding arena. I've always wanted that but you just can't justify the expense. When I have time, I prefer to check cattle from horseback. We're not set up with water for a rotational grazing system, but we do try to stockpile fescue and graze bermuda in the summers."
How do you maintain health in your cattle herd?
"We have almost no health problems. We keep up a routine vaccination program. We worm regularly, and always keep out mineral. I do believe mineral is the reason we don't have sickness."