August Spotlight: Gentry Homeplace Angus Farm

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Howard Gentry is a long time Angus breeder in Stokes County, NC. He and his wife Donna operate Gentry Homeplace Angus Farm located on Gentry Farm Road in King, NC. Howard’s passion for raising Angus cattle began at a young age. His father, William and Uncle Ira purchased their first registered Angus heifers in 1948. Growing up, Howard was very active in 4-H. He purchased his first registered Angus heifer at age nine from the profits generated from his 4-H steer project in 1964.

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Howard and Donna Gentry

After completing a degree in Agricultural Economics from NC State University, Gentry began working for Farm Credit as a loan officer. While working full time, he also operated the farm part time. Upon retirement from Farm Credit in 2014, he now operates the farm on a full time basis.

Howard has found being actively involved in agricultural organizations is a great way for producers to learn new ideas about the commodity they produce and network with other producers. Over the years Howard has served as President of the Stokes County Cattlemen’s Association, NC Angus Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association and the NC Cattlemen’s Foundation. He feels that being involved in these organizations has been very educational, as well as a way to develop great, lasting friendships grass

Gentry’s philosophy on being a successful cattle producer is that one must first be successful at forage and grassland production. Practices implemented on his farm include soil testing, plus forage and hay sampling. These practices help guide the producer in making decisions to produce greater amounts of high quality forage for his livestock.

Howard has been marketing his bulls through the Union County Performance Tested Bull sale in Monroe, NC for over 25 years. Steers fed out are marketed to a processor that markets local beef. Females are marketed through NC Angus Association sales, as well as through private treaty sales to local cattle producers.

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Practices and technology implemented at Gentry Homeplace Angus Farm include artificial insemination, performance testing, DNA genomic testing, ultrasound testing for carcass traits, and ultrasound pregnancy testing. Herd health vaccinations are completed as per guidelines by NC Beef Quality Assurance.

Howard feels the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service provides excellent resources and education for beef cattle producers in our state. The research and education provided through NC State University are also invaluable. Our nation’s land grant Universities working together are very beneficial in helping farmers produce an abundant and quality food supply for the world.

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Kendra Phipps, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKendra PhippsExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forage Crops Call Kendra Email Kendra N.C. Cooperative Extension, Stokes County Center
Updated on Aug 13, 2021
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