Farm Feature Friday: Brian Carmouche of Rutherford County, Tennessee
Q&A by TCA Spring Intern, Rebekah Brown
How long has your family been involved in raising cattle? Tell us about how it got started.
We have been raising registered Hereford cattle since 1980. My dad, Tom Carmouche was raised on a farm in Macon County where they raised cattle and grew tobacco. We bought our first registered hereford in 1980 where he continued to grow and sell cattle. Our farm today consists of 40 Hereford cattle, miniature Herefords and horses. My daughter, Kaylee shows cattle and also barrel races.
What are you most proud of with your farm?
Raising cattle with my family and watching my daughter barrel race and show cattle is the best part of having a farm. I think it teaches her a lot of responsibility and she has the opportunity to learn more than most kids her age. She has learned everything from taking care of animals to driving tractors and even driving trucks and pulling trailers at 11 years old. This wouldn't be possible without a farm life.
What was your favorite part about growing up on the farm?
The learning experience you get; knowing where your food comes from and learning how to do things. You get to be educated about what you are eating and the hard work that goes into it; you don’t just pick it up at the grocery store.
What have been some of the trials you or your family has had to overcome?
On August 1st 2016 my dad, the one that started Southland Acres and who taught me everything about farming passed away. This was the time I knew I had to step up and take over the cattle operation and keep it running the way he wanted it to. I knew it was important to keep the cattle and farm going so we could teach our daughter about the good things in life and that most things in the store come from a farm at some point.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about life on the farm?
Farming is a very rewarding opportunity. It's not easy and there are times you have to work in bad conditions but the reward at the end of the day is well worth it. Raising a family in the farm life is rewarding in itself. Knowing that your kids are raised with the values, hard work and the rewards that go with farming makes you feel good as a parent. Farming is an opportunity to learn about yourself and teach others all at the same time. Growing up on a farm you learn the meaning of dedication, values and hard honest work. When you hear people say “you have to work for what you have”, you learn what that means and you don't have to look back and wonder was it worth it.
What does it mean to you to be able to work with your family every day?
It means a lot, the relationship you have as a family grows stronger; you get to have your family together and everyone contributes. You get to learn something new every day and pass on the knowledge that you know. It makes it all worth it!
Do you have any advice for young Tennessee cattle producers about the business?
It is a great life to have! It is a very hard and demanding life but extremely rewarding, the efforts are worth it at the end of the day.
What's your favorite beef dish?
Rib eye and Tacos