LETART — The 2017 Mason County Conservation Farm Winner is H&H Cattle, Inc. owned and operated by George, Eleanor, Joe, and Anna Hoffman.
H & H Cattle is also this year’s Western Conservation District Farm winner.
H&H Cattle, Inc. was recognized by the Western Conservation District at their 71st Annual Awards Banquet held at the West Virginia State Farm Museum in November. Over 90 invited guests listened to District Conservationist Jackie Byars with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provide a guided tour of their conservation best management practices.
The headquarters and principle farm is located on Longdale Road in Letart in northern H&H Farms is a beef cow/calf and grain operation that is spread over Gallia and Meigs Counties in Ohio and Jackson and Mason County in West Virginia. Their operation started out as a diary operation then due to drop in milk prices, transitioned into a feeding operation for fat cattle, and has now transitioned again into a 475-commercial beef cow operation with 120 replacement heifers and 20 bulls. George and Joe farm full time and are assisted by Joe’s siblings Benny & Julia and Joe’s children. George is notorious with a bulldozer and has a passion for removing trees. This has helped H&H Farms clean up an abundance of farmland and put it back into pastureland production in Mason County.
The Hoffman family has been very active in 4H and FFA for many years, Eleanor has been an active member of the 4H leader’s association for 35 years. She is also treasurer for the local CEO’s club. The Hoffman family also supports the Mason County Fair, Farm Bureau, and the Mason County Cattleman’s Association. Joe also got his amateur pilots license and enjoys that as a hobby but also a way to check on the farms they operate.
H&H Cattle owns and operates on 2300 acres of farm land mainly in northern Mason County. This includes: 300 acres of hay, 1600 acres of pastureland, 200 acres of woodland, and 180 acres of corn, wheat & beans. They also lease an additional 1,854 acres which consist of 100 acres of hay land, 587 acres of corn, 85 acres of wheat, and 1,082 acres of beans this past year. They have their own grain storage facilities located on the farm that provide them with the chance to market their own grain and use for winter feeding their livestock.
In 2016 H&H Cattle built two large structures (56’ X 360’) to winter feed all their cow/calves. This facility is a 100 percent confinement structure with cattle not being released for grazing until the first of April when calving begins. They have also completed a large 319 projects with the WV Conservation Agency by installing a pump into a large pond and pumping that water to a cistern. This cistern then feeds nine watering troughs located throughout the farm through a gravity flow system. This has allowed H & H to rotational graze their cattle by breaking up the farm into large paddocks. They have also participated with NRCS on EQIP grassland contracts and are currently completing a cover crop contract on most of his row crop land.
The annual award recognizes a local farmer that is working with the District and NRCS to establish best management practices on their farm for soil and water conservation. Mason County Supervisors, Chuck Lipscomb and Jeremy Grant visited several farms to review how well they were carrying out their conservation plan. This year Chuck and Jeremy decided that H&H Farms was the best of the best and should represent Mason County. After the three county conservation farms are selected all supervisors on the board toured the farms to decide which farm would be chosen for the District Award. Supervisors chose H&H Cattle to represent the Western Conservation District. H&H Cattle represented our area in the statewide competition that was won by the Little Brown Cow Dairy from Greenbrier County.
H&H Cattle, Inc was presented with $500 cash award from the District, $100 from the WV Conservation Awards Council, a plaque from the Council and one from the District. They were also presented with a “District Conservation Award” sign for the farm. We thank our conservation farmers and their families for knowing “conservation matters because it works.”
Submitted by Western Conservation District.