Neil Trask (1900 -1998)

Our grandfather, Neil Trask, Sr. was a successful 2nd generation vegetable farmer in Beaufort county, SC. He bought a nearby island and a herd of commercial cows came with the deal. This is the spark that led him on a path to becoming a cattleman. He began to study soil types that were best suited to produce blue grass (the ideal pasture crop), white clover, dallis grass, lespedeza, and fescue. He located and acquired 5000+ acres near Calhoun Falls, S.C. in the late 1930's. The land had been used for cotton farming with rolling land, hills, shade trees, springs and brooks. He leveled parts, limed, applied phosphate and potash and planted seedlings. He essentially developed a nurturing homeland of grass for cattle. Mr. Trask believed cattle should be bred and adapted to use grass to their best advantage. He was always careful to never over graze his pastures. Mr. Trask is in the Polled Hereford Hall of Fame for his development of superior cattle.