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The Hawk family has a diverse farm raising turkeys, beef cows and crops, but feeder lambs account for the majority of the farm profits. From left Don, Janet and Delbert Hawk keep an eye on their successful feeder lamb operation.
The Hawk family has a diverse farm raising turkeys, beef cows and crops, but feeder lambs account for the majority of the farm profits. From left Don, Janet and Delbert Hawk keep an eye on their successful feeder lamb operation. (Photo by Rhonda Bletner) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
March 30, 2013 1:59 am EDT

 

DANVILLE — Farming is a business operation and Don and Janet Hawk, like all farm owners, understand how planning and evaluating results supports their livelihood. Also, as on many farms, it’s a family operation. Their son, Delbert, is also part of the farm team. The Hawks operated a turkey farm for years but changes in the industry compelled them to make a change.

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Don Hawk’s family operated Skyline Turkey Farm from 1946 to 1998; but when turkey processing moved out of state, transportation costs cut away the profits. So in 1998, Hawk said, “We started wondering what we were going to do.”

They approached the decision like all business owners when they decide the industry’s direction has changed: Evaluate and plan.

The Hawks looked at their existing farm and turkey buildings and how they could accommodate other livestock. They considered dairy cows but decided to invest in lambs instead. They are smaller and require less land.

 

 

 

 

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