Joe and Robin Hampton
Farm: 2600 Back Creek Church Road      Mt. Ulla, NC 28125
Home: 345 Withrows Creek Lane   •   Mt. Ulla, NC 28125
704-278-9347
(farm)    704-880-2488 (Joe's cell)    704-880-3572 (Robin's cell)
robinbackcreek@att.net

 

 
 
Back Creek is no longer just a registered Black Angus farm; it is now home to a variety of other species that live and work together to protect and make the best usage of grass and forages in their pastures.  When we visited in early September there were 60 mama cows, 52 ewe lambs, 2 llamas, several donkeys and lots of chickens. 

Joe and Robin began Back Creek in 1981 in Mt Ulla in Rowan County.  Joe was raised on a dairy farm nearby but they decided to raise Angus cattle instead.  With both of them being employed off the farm, it is sometimes a challenge, but working closely together they have each found their niche.  Joe says “Robin and I have incorporated quality as a factor in our management decisions for many years.  The demand in today’s market is for high-quality beef, and that is the definition of the Certified Angus Beef® brand.” 

Joe and Robin were fortunate during Joe’s 2011 tenure as President of the American Angus Association to travel extensively and Joe says Argentina and Australia have the best grazing for cattle and from those visits he has changed his philosophy on grazing.  As Joe explained his ideas and reasoning for the variety of species, we learned that he’s cutting out the need for herbicides and narrowing his fertilizer requirements with his grazing techniques, partly because different species will eat different grasses and weeds.  Plus, there are different internal parasites specific to the species and this also is partially controlled by the various species working together.

We arrived at one of several of Back Creek’s pastures, where the livestock is rotated between, with a working facility available from each pasture.  The cows came through first and quickly moved on to nice lush fescue that hasn’t been grazed in about 6 weeks.  The pastures are rotated every 4 to 6 weeks depending on growing conditions.  The cattle were very easy to move, knowing they were going to fresh grass.  I was surprised when the donkeys came thru the gate they immediately stopped to graze the “red root pigweed”, certainly something that cattle will avoid!  A group of recently weaned ewe lambs took a little longer to move since they were still learning the process.   We rode on through the pastures and Joe showed us what the pasture would look like when that rotation was complete and animals were moved again. 

Another part of his “pasture management” is his chicken coops on wheels that he moves to fertilize the pasture.  Besides the chickens fertilizing the pasture, they also help to control pest and parasites on the animals and in the soil.  Joe raises and breeds a variety of fowl.

We traveled to Yadkinville to visit with their friend Dennis Myers, who develops their bulls for their annual bull sale.  These bulls were in two groups, a group of yearling and a group of older bulls (22-23 month old spring bulls).  Robin, Joe and Dennis are all involved in the decision making regarding these bulls that will be offered at the Back Creek “Black Saturday” Sale on November 30th at Turnersburg.   This year’s sale will be the first sale in North Carolina where the Back Creek bulls will have been DNA tested.  Joe says this will let the buyers know how the bull’s progeny are expected to perform. 

Joe and Robin would like to invite you to come to their sale on November 30 and look over their offering of bulls and chose one (or more) to take home with you!
 
 

Joe & Robin Hampton
Farm: 2600 Back Creek Chruch Rd 
|  Mt. Ulla, NC 28125
Home: 345 Withrows Creek Lane 
|  Mt. Ulla, NC 28125
(704)278-9347
 |  (704)880-2488 Joe's cell  |  (704)880-3572 Robin's cell
robinbackcreek@att.net

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