3rd Generation Cattle Farm in Cullman, AL ethically and naturally raising Santa Gertrudis Cows.
The Patriarch of Mulberry Bend Cattle Farm, Kenneth Crawford was born the 5th of 5 Children to Albert and Bertha Crawford, sharecroppers from south Cullman and North Blount County, Alabama on May 13, 1938. After his mother’s untimely death in 1944, Kenneth was a virtual orphan. Living with different siblings and his father, Kenneth was only able to complete 4th grade, while living the life of a sharecropper.
He met and married Barbara Anderton in October of 1960, and bought his first farm in 1963, 40 acres in Arkadelphia, south Cullman County, Alabama. For 16 years, the couple and their daughter, Beverly, farmed crops, pigs, and cattle in the coal country of Alabama.
In 1979, Drummond Coal Company bought out their farm, and the family moved to White City, just north of Hanceville and the farm grew to 150 acres. In 1981, Kenneth’s drive and determination resulted in the acquisition of the farm’s namesake property. 260 acres nestled along the meandering bank of the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River gave the farm it’s name.
In the late 1990’s, Beverly and her husband, Brian Waldrep, assumed part of the farm, running a mixture of Black Angus and Charolais cattle. Kenneth, Barbara, Beverly, and Brian raised Kyle Morris, Beverly’s son, on this farm and helped him learn the practices of ethical cattle management.
Although Kyle had always had cattle in some form or another, it was in 2016 that Kyle assumed control of the farm with the help and guidance from his family. He moved it into a new direction, raising Santa Gertrudis Influenced cattle for replacement heifers and natural, ethically sourced beef. Click here to read more on how Kyle loves his land or view other articles here : The Dirt That Makes Us