|Allen SWCD honors Strayer Angus Farms as 2013 Outstanding Cooperator|
|Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:15 AM|
William C. Strayer of Amanda Township became a cooperator of the soil and water district in 1971 and son-in-law Brent English joined the Amanda Township farm operation in 1987. The Strayer Angus cattle operation dates back to 1918 but the farm predates that and is one of the oldest in Allen County that is still held by the same family.
The farm operation primarily functions around 200 Angus breeding females. Strayer Angus Farms sells breeding animals across the nation. They have made a significant contribution to the quality of countless herds of this distinguished breed of cattle. The Allen SWCD has assisted Strayer and English with a variety of land-based conservation practices over the past 42 years, beginning with a subsurface tile project. Most recently those practices have included pasture and hay planting and management, installation of nearly 4.3 mile of fencing, a heavy use livestock pad, pasture watering facilities and prescribed grazing.
The award presentation was a bit poignant, as Strayer had passed away the previous day. Despite that, his wife, daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren were on hand to accept the award in his and the farm’s honor.