SC Rancher: It’s About People, Not Cattle

Angus breeder Kevin Yon and his wife, Lydia, are the first-generation on their family’s farm in South Carolina.

The two started out in the cattle industry after college as managers of a registered Angus operation, Conagree Farms. When the owner dispersed his herd seven years later, Kevin, Lydia and their three children started Yon Family Farms and never looked back.

Kevin shares his advice for others looking to start a herd of their own…

Kevin started the operation back in 1996 and had to learn some lessons the hard way. He strongly encouraged beginning farmers and ranchers to have a business background…


At the end of the day, it’s a people business. Through strong partnerships and networking opportunities, you can learn from other producers who have similar experiences…

And not many Angus breeders would argue with that. Although the cattle are a focal point of the operation, business is really centered on people. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.

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