The 2008 Senior Farmer Bill McKinney and his wife Lillian never had children of their own, but they adopted several four-legged calves and nurtured them until their release to pasture. In that way their animals were like their children.
“The cattle are my kids,” McKinney said in 2008 when he was selected Senior Farmer. Selling them was difficult.
“When your kids leave to go off to college or whatever, they come home for a few days. Mine are not coming back,” he said.
Starting in 1957, the couple bought 150 pregnant cows. The number they cared for changed year after year...