2017-11-30 / Front Page

Hall chosen as Wilkes Co. Cattleman of the Year


Mac Hall (left) accepts the Wilkes County Cattleman of the Year award from WCCA President Shane Moore. Mac Hall (left) accepts the Wilkes County Cattleman of the Year award from WCCA President Shane Moore. Even though he’s not from ­Wilkes County, Mac Hall was honored as the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association (WCCA) Commercial Cattleman of the Year for 2017. The award was presented at the organization’s annual banquet held earlier this month.

Hall is from Greene County and operated his farm in Union Point, but he is a member of the Wilkes County Association. WCCA President Shane Moore said that there is “a bunch of people who come from different counties because they like what we do in our organization.”

Hall has never worked outside his family farm where he started working at an early age. His family started a dairy farm in Greene County in 1945 and moved it to its current location in Union Point in 1955. Hall learned his work ethic early by milking Jersey cows before and after school throughout grade school and college. He almost never missed his milking chores and once went 15 years without missing a single day.


New WCCA president Jenny Reville presents a plaque of appreciation to out-going long-time president Shane Moore. New WCCA president Jenny Reville presents a plaque of appreciation to out-going long-time president Shane Moore. In 1988, Hall made the transition from dairy farming to beef produc- tion, keeping a few of his Holstein cows to start his beef herd. “The cows were too good and I thought too much of them to sell them for slaughter,” he said. Over time, he eventually changed to his current herd of Angus and SimAngus cattle.

Hall now has 150 brood cows and bred heifers on 250 acres of owned pasture and hay land plus 155 acres of leased land. His pastures are of Bermuda grass and fescue with over-seeding of rye to extend the grazing season.

Besides himself, Hall has only one full time employee and that is his dog, Diva. He used to own just two major pieces of equipment – a tractor with a loader and a bale truck – but when his tractor burned this year it was not replaced. Keeping his equipment needs to a bare minimum, Hall upgraded his truck instead.


Sophia Reville delivers a delicious pie to a lucky auction participant. Sophia Reville delivers a delicious pie to a lucky auction participant. Moore said that Hall has a simple philosophy to making a living in the cow business – “Grow cow feed (grass) as cheaply as possible and make premiums when you can with marketing.” As simple as that may sound, Moore said, “Most of us know that it is much harder to put is all together and make a living in the beef business. My adopting some of Mac’s methods, we can all improve our beef operations.”

In accepting his award, Hall commented that he considered it a high honor but doesn’t think a person ought to get an award for doing something he loves to do. “I wasted the first six years of my life because I didn’t have a job,” he commented. “When I got six years old my dad started me milking cows.”

Explaining that he likes company, Hall invited anyone who is out his way to stop by and talk cattle – or politics.

He said he will never retire because he likes working too much.

Around 2003, Hall had a setback and had to be out of work for a while. “Before that I used to complain about bad days and being overworked,” he said. “But I swore that if I ever got better, I’d never complain again. Now I really don’t have bad days, I just have good days and better days.”

Also on the program at the banquet was Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President Lee Brown of Comer, Georgia.

Brown pointed out that there are some 15,000 cattle owners in the state of Georgia and yet there are only 5,495 association members. However, membership is up in the last three years, he said. He also described some of the work he is doing with the state legislature to help cattle farmers.

For the first time in about six years, a change at the top of the WCCA officers list was announced.

“I finally hoodwinked Jenny Reville into being your new president,” Moore said, and even though as a stipulation he agreed to serve as vice president, “it’s all hers now,” he quipped.

Other officer for 2018 include Carol Jackson, secretary; Ron Byrd, treasurer; two-year directors Zack Boulineau, John Bounds, Mac Hall, and Dr. Les Sales; and one-year directors Van Canup, Shaun Cox, John Crouch, and Frank Watson; and Michael Foster, ex-officio.

Entertainment for the banquet was provided by the Seth Cox family. Kyle Brown and Sophia Reville conducted the always-popular fundraising auction of cakes and pies. The meal was sponsored by AgGeorgia Farm Credit.

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