invasive insect is doing more than
strictly slideshow, copy and paste-type
education. Garrard made a point that
the people that are producing beef
are aging out and their children
have no interest in continuing in
the industry or in production.
David said the main thing he
sees is that when the beef producer
ages out the land has to change
hands, but the land is more expensive
than what you will make off
of it farming or running beef cattle.
It makes it harder for the next
generation to be motivated to
grow their operation to keep the
production going. The two brothers
try to foster the love they have
for the beef industry and agriculture
in the next generation in their
communities as much as possible.
The Coffeys understand that in
order to be successful producers
and educators you have to have a
love and a passion for it.
Looking back at my conversation
with the Coffeys I can’t help
but remember something that
Danny said in his warm
Kentucky accent. “The only
reason we farm is because
we love it, it’s a lifestyle, if you don’t
love it and it’s not a lifestyle for you
then don’t do it.”
It is a family business for the Coffeys
and it is all for the love of the land
they were all born and raised on and
the cattle they nurture and care for. It
is people like the Coffeys that keep the
heart of America beating.
Spring cutting hay at the
Coffey’s Laurel County farm.
Garrard Coffey at the Wolfe County Farm &
Home Night with a booth on forage testing
and reading analysis interpretation.
78 I WORKING RANCH I APRIL / MAY 2021