This story originally appeared in print as part of “The Journey from Farm to Table”

 

Doug Nichols is the owner of Cloverleaf Farms.

“Most days start out at 6:30 a.m., checking the cattle to make sure they have adequate water, forage, shade (in the summer), and overall health. The rest of the day is literally up in the air. It varies with the season, daily weather, and to-do list. If the weather is acceptable, there is always outside, manual labor work to done. ‘Build fence’ and ‘repair fence’ are literally always on the to-do list. I’ll tell you one random thing on the to-do list now — after the storm a couple weeks ago, a walnut tree fell over. Once time and weather allows, it will need to be cut up and hauled away.

“If I’m not doing manual labor, there’s always plenty of office work to be done — accounting, market research, marketing, which will be a major focus over the next six weeks, etc. Every day starts with an agenda, but that agenda has to be flexible. Sometimes you get sick cows that need immediate attention. Sometimes a cow gets out and you get a text from the neighbor that says ‘Number 210 is in my backyard.’ And yes, that really happened. That gets taken care of ASAP. A piece of machinery breaks down, you’ve gotta fix it. There’s always something new.”

 

 

Recent News

Eating, Baking, and Cooking on The Loop

Dreaming of and planning for the food production possibilities on The Loop. It was foodie heaven—a large commercial kitchen full of chefs bottling sauces...

A Passion for Family Medicine

Caring for your family is a difficult task. As a family physician, caring for hundreds of families is a big responsibility. One local nonprofit...

A Legacy for Columbia’s Future

Local business owner Thom Baker seeks to leave Columbia a gift when he retires. Tucked away in his equipment-lain home office, Thom Baker of...

Kevin Crane, Circuit Judge, Circuit 13 Division 3

Bio: I was born in 1961 at Boone County Hospital to Laura Pace Crane, a librarian, and Thomas E. Crane, a rural letter carrier....

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, United States Representative District 4

Bio: I represent Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. I currently serve on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees, and I am the Chairwoman of...