Three Arrows Yesterday
Three Arrows Farm was started in 1981, by Dr. Fred Shealy Jr. He started the farm with a vision of preserving this land and providing a fun and safe environment for his family to grow. The farm wasn’t named until later on, when all three children were born. That is where the name Three Arrows came from, one arrow for each child. Our current logo (Elvira the orange cow) was the first cow born on the farm while the Oak Ridge Boys song “Elvira” was playing on the radio so the name stuck. Elvira lived on the farm her whole life (24yrs) and was the only orange cow in the herd of black Angus. Today the farm is continued by Wells Shealy, Dr. Shealy’s youngest son.
Three Arrows Today
Currently, we raise 60 head of Registered Black Angus brood cows (mother) on 250 acres. This means that in one years time we can potentially produce 60 calves for a total of 120 head. Why Registered Black Angus? Black Angus cattle are known for their superior carcass quality, providing you with the absolute best. In keeping our closed herd, it takes a tremendous amount of time to increase our size. We would like, over the next few years, to increase our herd size to 100 brood cows, so that we may produce more locally grown beef for you, our customers. We treat our animals and land with the utmost respect as they are how we make our living. We rotationally graze our pastures so that the land is not over worked and provides a constant supply of good forage for our cows. We also produce our own hay on the farm so we are not introducing any foreign weeds, or unknown chemicals into our farm.
We handle our animals as humanely as possible, and it shows. Our animals are very friendly towards us as we give them no reason to fear us. We give them yearly vaccinations so that they are all in good health and we don’t have any sick animals and have no need to feed antibiotics to them. We also select for superior genetics through our artificial breeding program, so that there is no need to give them any artificial growth hormones. This also gives us the ability to keep our herd closed and keep a good genetic variance and prevent any inbreeding within the cow herd.