(Submitted by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)
Gabe Glenn of Glenn Farms comes from a long line of farmers. From the time Gabe was four years old, he knew he wanted to have cattle and farm. He began his farming career cleaning out barns and checking on the cattle on his grandfather’s farm. When his grandfather passed, Gabe continued to help his father with the farm — doing hay and raising calves.
Gabe later acquired his own farmland to add to the family farming business. Determined to move his agriculture business forward, he has been investing his time in finding ways to improve the herd and manage costs. Gabe heard about a young farmer’s assistance program and eventually found his way to Brad Bapst, director of the Small Business Development Center at the Ohio State University (OSU) South Center in Piketon, Ohio. Gabe said, “Brad helped me put together a business plan and helped me to complete the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) ag development grant application.”
“I have areas where I am skilled,” Gabe continues, “but putting together a business plan at that time was not one of them. Brad was extremely helpful. Where I had questions, Brad guided me. He was a great resource; and without his assistance, I would not have been a successful grant recipient.”
With the assistance of the SOACDF grant funds, Gabe added gravel, a feed lot, a feed bin, and acquired a grain drill. According to Gabe, “The additions of the feed lot and bin have cut our feed price down by 30% because we can buy feed in bulk.” Large feed trucks have access to the feed bin, which delivers the bulk feed. “An important thing about feeding cattle is that we have to be efficient and keep track of feed weight so we aren’t feeding the cattle too much. With the feed bin scales, I can flip a switch and measure the weight that goes directly to the feeder. We can see monthly how much feed we are going through and how much weight the cattle are gaining. The hoof price on the steer right now is $1.30 a pound and feed is $.12 a pound so we don’t want the cattle to eat and grow at a rate that would not pay us back at the time of sale. Also with the addition of the grain drill, we almost doubled our row crop acres and improved forages available in our pastures.”
Gabe says, “With the young farmers grant, I was able to get all this in so the grant really helped me to be able to expand and go after a dream. I’m very blessed. One of the luckiest people I know, it seems. I walk outside and look at this and think, man, I can’t believe it. I’ve always known this is what I wanted to do, and I’m extremely fortunate to be able to do it.”
If you are interested in purchasing Angus beef (no growth hormones, no antibiotics, all natural beef), contact Gabe through the Glenn Farms (Beaver, Ohio) Facebook page.