Tennessee Cattlemen’s Feature: Heidi Hatcher

Heidi and Wade Hatcher run Hatcher Cattle Company in Beersheba Springs, TN. Today on the blog, they talk about how they got started and what farm life means to them…
IMG_0116How long has your family been involved in raising cattle? Tell us about how it got started.

Our family started raising Registered Black Angus in 2010. My husband, Wade, always wanted to raise cattle so we moved to Tennessee from Florida. We started with six females and have worked our way up to fourteen. We both still work full time jobs to be able to afford to build our business. Everything we make goes into our business without financing anything so it is slowly growing.

What have been some of the trials you or your family has had to overcome?
Our biggest challenge is grass management.  There is never enough grass. And then, running out of hay in the winter or losing a calf after we worked hard in summer cutting hay on our days off.
What does it mean to you to be able to work with your family every day? 
IMG_0295Working with your family is great. My husband and I have a better relationship now that we are working together on our farm and watching it grow. It’s a lot of work but satisfying when we are all out in the field with our daughters picking up hay bales. I think when we work together on plans for the future, then we become closer bonded.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about life on the farm?
Farm life is very hard but rewarding. You are working to build a successful business and when you sit back and look how far you have come, it makes you happy.
Do you have any advice for young Tennessee cattle producers about the business?
We would never have been able to get as far as we have without our neighbor. When we moved to Tennessee we were starting our cattle business and our neighbor had some cattle. He has taught us a lot about haying and we help each other when we need it. It is nice when you have a fellow cattlemen you can depend on to help you when you need it. It would be great if your county and neighboring counties kept in touch so that we can all help each other in times of need…such as equipment failure or need a few more hands in the field to get the hay off the ground before the rain comes.

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