Resting Acres Angus Farm Protected
The lifelong dream of Bart McFarland was to be a cattle farm owner. As a child, he showed cattle and his cattle judging classes allowed him to participate in selecting sires. Cattle and the pursuit of better breeding have always been his passion — but after high school Bart chose to pursue a dental career, steering him down a different path.
Soon after he opened his dental office in Paris, Kentucky Bart purchased 80 acres of farmland—and today it has grown to be the 770-acre Resting Acres cattle farm. Bart claims the farm is not only a great place to raise cattle, but a family, as well.
Now he, his wife Pam and their two children run 750 head and each year the farm sells breeding stock such as herd bulls, mature cows and heifers. Their naturally aged, antibiotic- and steroid –free freezer beef is sold locally to satisfied customers and restaurants in the community.
The McFarland family ensured their passion for cattle farming was a lasting one, choosing to donate a conservation easement on their land to the Bluegrass Conservancy. The easement was the largest-ever donated to the land trust and it includes extensive scenic road frontage, over two miles of Stoner Creek, prime farmland and historic resources dating to the Revolutionary War.
With this addition, Bluegrass Conservancy has reached a milestone of 10,356 permanently protected acres. These 68 easements build a critical mass of history-laced land, from a family farm of Kentucky’s first and fifth governor to the birthplace of 2009’s most celebrated Kentucky thoroughbred filly.
“This is an incredible moment for our land trust,” says Executive Director Mackenzie Royce. “We treasure the community’s support of our work and are honored by our partnership with each conservation easement donor.”
Published June 2010
Photo courtesy of Pam McFarland