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 and Hereford cattle on 250 acres. Our animals are on pasture their whole lives and we rotational graze the herd, so they are always on fresh pasture. This helps to prevent the field to be overworked and provides a good supply of fresh forage for the cows.
We 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.
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 have no need to feed antibiotics to them.