A well-known and respected Nevada cattle ranch family was formally named as 2018 Nevada County Farm Family of the Year, joining a select group of family farms that were honored in ceremonies across the state.

A well-known and respected Nevada cattle ranch family was formally named as 2018 Nevada County Farm Family of the Year, joining a select group of family farms that were honored in ceremonies across the state.
Todd and Kathy Brown were visited by a group of state district judges two weeks ago, June 13, in the first of three visits in the region the UA Extension judges made that day, including trips outside Hope in Hempstead County and Lewisville in Lafayette County.
According to the official packet, Todd Brown oversees of 609 acres of land outside Bodcaw and Rosston after starting off with 75 acres in his first year in 2008.  The primary enterprise of the independent operation is Brahman cattle, mixed with Herefords.
The Brown family is also very involved in the Nevada School District, where Todd has been on that district’s school board over the past 14 years, while his spouse, Kathy, has worked for the same district for 21 years.  Their youngest daughter, Zette, age 9, is currently a student at the Nevada Elementary School.
Their oldest son, Bradley, age 27, also serves a double-duty; he both works on the cattle ranch and he serves as a substitute teacher for the Nevada School district.
Their oldest daughter, Allie Anderson, age 26, is a speech therapy assistant with the Nevada School district as well as the Magnolia school district. Her spouse, Drake Anderson, somewhat breaks the mold, as he is currently a student at Southern Arkansas University, and he serves as a minister. Drake also has worked with the Hempstead County Road Department.
In the Browns’s packet statement, Todd Brown said “We market most of our cattle through consignments in special livestock sales. Some are marketed through the internet and Facebook. We market our grade cattle through the local sale barns in the area. We also sell cattle by private treaty off the farm. Farming cattle has always been in my family. I am the third generation to raise cattle on the farm that I have now.”
When he was first getting established, Brown said, “When I first started my cattle operation I didn’t know where to find the better cattle. I had to buy what I ‘thought’ were the best cattle at the time. Since then, I have been breeding F1 cattle, and the cattle producers have seen what I am raising and see the direction I am going. I now have relationships with the right people. Those relationships have enabled me to market my first group of cattle and to be able to purchase better bloodlines than I had in the beginning. I now have a network of individuals that know what I am looking for and contact me when they see a group of good cattle being sold.”
Todd Brown, a member of the Cattlemen’s Association since 2016, added that his cattle ranch is currently working on improvements, saying “At present we are clearing a parcel of land for pasture. We have installed new fencing and cross fencing. We are currently clearing underbrush and will soon begin preparing and leveling the soil in preparation of planting pasture grass.”
Brown’s ranching operation includes 61 head of registered Brahman, 28 head of registered Black Hereford, four head of registered Hereford, and 28 head of grade cattle. Brown is also an electric service provider with (REA) South Central Electric Cooperative.
In addition to her employment at the Nevada School District, Kathy Brown is also a Sunday School Teacher at Union Baptist Church. Together, the Browns celebrated their 30th anniversary this year, while Allie and Drake Anderson were married earlier this year on March 17.
The Farm Family of the Year awards, established in 1947, also recognize leadership and community service.  In neighboring Hempstead County, Jeff and Jane Collums of Hope, who deal in both cattle and chicken houses, were named as the 2018 Hempstead Farm Family and were also visited by state judges on June 13.