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A Day in the Life – Perdido River Farms

Perdido River Farms (PRF) spans 2,900 acres of fertile land. The land’s rich agricultural history is carefully preserved and nurtured through modern techniques like soil testing, proper fertilization, and rotational grazing. PRF is not just a farm but a testament to the Tribe’s commitment to sustainable and high-quality farming practices. It is also a hub of community activity, hosting events like the Escambia County Youth Livestock Association Steer & Heifer Show and the Alabama South District FFA Fall Eliminations.


PRF is home to over 700 head of cows and 35 bulls, with its operations closely aligned with USDA’s NRCS Tribal Office to ensure the best stewardship practices. But what does a typical day look like for the workers who make this operation thrive? Here, we delve into the daily lives and experiences of PRF’s dedicated team.

A Typical Day on the Farm:
Each day at PRF begins with the sunrise, casting a golden hue over the sprawling pastures. Austin Long, Cattle Tech, starts his day by checking four different pastures, making sure the cows and calves are healthy and have everything they need. His routine includes inspecting water troughs and fences, and ensuring the cattle have minerals and lick tubes. For Austin, riding through the cattle and witnessing new calves being born are the highlights of his day. The sense of accomplishment from seeing them grow and eventually providing quality meat for the community is deeply rewarding.


Meanwhile, Wade Kent, Cattle Tech, moves cattle to better grazing areas. His days are unpredictable, often involving a mix of plumbing, fixing fences, and doctoring sick animals. The variety keeps him engaged and he enjoys being outdoors and working alongside his fellow employees.


Jamey Phillip’s, Ag Tech, tasks vary from feeding and working cattle to cutting and baling hay. He may spend time planting grass for the cattle or assisting a neighbor. His days are filled with the satisfaction of working with a great team and contributing to the community’s well-being.


Coley McGhee’s, Cattle Tech, focus is on ensuring the herds have ample food, water, and shade. During calving season, he meticulously tracks the calves, ensuring accurate records. When not attending to his herds, Coley is busy with various tasks like cutting, raking, baling hay, bush hogging, and fixing or building fences. He loves his job and the camaraderie among his coworkers, making every day enjoyable despite the hard work.


John English, PRF Director, finds that no two days are the same. His responsibilities range from overseeing hay production and grass planting to vaccinating cattle and assisting with births. He also manages meetings and gives tours of the farm. John values the sense of accomplishment that comes from working with a dedicated team to showcase the Tribal lands and produce quality cattle.