Smithson Farms is a 4th generation family farm operation located in La Plata, Missouri.
Our living is derived from the farm where we raise cattle, corn, beans, wheat and hay on 3000+ acres of owned and rented ground. We are so blessed to have wonderful landlords to work with and are very thankful for the 20+ landlords that we have! From 20 acres on up to 500 acres, and from 1 year up to the 30th year of renting land from the same family, we are Thankful for each and every one of them! Without the landlords, we couldn't do what we do!!!
I integrated Black Herefords into our cattle operation in 2006 with 1 bull and 2 females. This year we are breeding close to 200 females in our Black Hereford program.
As interest and demand has grown nationwide, we have added Hereford and F1 females to be in a position to supply quality seedstock. Our females have come from reputable cattle operations such as Oleen Bros. and Jamison Herefords both from Kansas; Rausch Herefords, South Dakota; Reynolds Herefords and Sweiger Bros. both from Missouri.
Since the commercial cattleman mindset is embedded in me, the Registered Hereford herds are not given any special attention compared to the commercial cows. Cows are expected to calve easy, breed back and raise a calf. The bulls and cows are in their 'working clothes' as most of the pictures on this website will show.
My goal is to raise efficient and productive cattle that will go out and work for the commercial and registered cowman alike and not just sell an animal because he's black. If an animal is not good enough for our commercial or partnership herds, then it's not good enough to sell.
From a family farm that has been blessed by God and grown over the years based on honesty and trust, I thank you for viewing our website and look forward to meeting you and providing you with quality Black Hereford genetics.
Faith and Family is a very important part of Smithson Farms. On Sundays, you'll find us gathered around a kitchen table or BBQ after Church services. Normally, the tractors, planters, combine and trucks are stopped for a day of rest! God has blessed us!
The Smithson Farm Family
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16