Producer of the Month
In the photo: George, Teresa, and Austin Clay with family friend, Kaleb Bush. Kaleb has been around the Clay’s since he was a small boy and they love him as one of their own.
George Clay grew up on a 60 acre farm where he raised bottle calves, had 8 to 10 brood cows, and grew two acres of tobacco. The first calves he bought was with his yard mowing money, he bought five jersey heifers for $35 each from the late J.D. Hudson and sold them back to him at 500-600lbs for $120 each. He took the money and bought his first motorcycle, a GL100 Honda, at the age of 15. His parents slowed down on the farm at the age of 65 and George now takes care of the farm. As a young boy growing up in the Defeated Creek Community in Smith County, there were three farms he dreamed of owning one day. In 1984 at the age of 27 he and his wife, Teresa, bought a 90 acre farm from Chester Kemp, where he still raisers cattle and grows tobacco.
He currently has a commercial herd, 110+ momma cows and raise 10-15 heifers per year. He holds his most of his calves to 800-900lb depending on the market. Clay’s head is mostly made up of black cattle. “Simmangus” is my favorite!”
When asked about his thoughts on the future of the cattle industry he said, “The future looks uncertain due to farms being cut up, the young generation doesn’t show interest in farming, 21st century kids want office and computer jobs and 40 hour work week. As our nation is growing in population we are going to produce more beef with less resources.”
“I supports the Beef Checkoff program 100%. We are dealing with lots of issues in the beef industry such as competing proteins and the face that public is uneducated about how and where meat comes from. The Angus Association has done a great job on promoting beef, the Checkoff does the same. Keep up the good work!”
Clay adds “His name on paper is Billy, but everyone calls him George. His wife’s name is Teresa and they have two children, Nicole and Austin. Clay is a member of the Montrose Church of Christ in Defeated Community. He has also been on the Smith County Cattlemen Association Board for 4 years and is the Smith County Soil Conservation District Supervisor.