|Over 60 years ago Burns Farms Herefords began with the purchase of two registered Hereford heifers at the Duck River Hereford Association sale. These heifers were a 4-H project for a young Phillip Burns. Phillip passed on his passion for Hereford cattle to his son, David, now a third generation Hereford Breeder.
David has watched his father cultivate and develop reliable, efficient, and easily manageable cattle that will work in any beef cattle operation. His love of Hereford cattle began at the age of 7 by helping his father “check cows.” It was at the Kentucky State Fair in 1990 that David knew he wanted a career in the cattle business. In 1998, David won Junior National Show with Champion Heifer and Senior Showmanship. David has taken his father’s 4-H project and developed the largest Hereford breeding operation in Tennessee. The cowherd is Line 1 based with several other genetic lines strategically placed to enhance the genetic merit.
Dr. Phillip Burns has served as President of the American Hereford Association, and David is currently President of the Tennessee Hereford Association. In 2013, the University of Tennessee gave the Stockman of the Year award to David. David received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University and his master’s degree in Reproductive Physiologyfrom Michigan State University.
David now manages the farm and has grown the herd to 450 cows. In 2009, Burns Farms built a sale barn facility and hosted our first sale that fall. We sold 50 bulls and 20 females in our first sale and are pleased to have increased our offering to 150 bulls, 80 lots of registered females, and over 100 commercial females in this year’s spring and fall sales.
Extensive individual records have always been kept for the cowherd, both registered and commercial, with rigid culling to maintain predictable performance. There is focus on use of genetic and estimated progeny difference information, phenotypic evaluation, and optimal nutrition to promote growth and development of high quality bulls and cows. We are proud to offer ready-to-work Hereford bulls, as well as excellent females, both Hereford and Black Baldies.
Our goal is to raise cattle that will produce a legacy of excellence for other generational farmers or for those just beginning – whether in the show ring or commercial cattle producer.
“It is a passion, a legacy, a dream and I am grateful for the opportunity.” – David Burns