On the road… Virginia & North Carolina

Last week DP traveled to Virginia and North Carolina to do herd visits and screen cattle for the North Carolina “Fall Harvest” Sale that takes place the first weekend of September in Union Grove, North Carolina. In today’s technological world, everyone has a smart phone – even DP. He loves to take photos on his phone, no matter if they are good or bad. Since he has the shutter bug, we urged him to take photos during his travels to share with the blog world. I must admit that my phone was literally blowing up from all the pictures he was sending me!

The journey began in Virginia to visit some of our dear customers and friends in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of course if you get to Virginia you must visit C.J.’s Pizza which is owned by Tommy and Tina Cline of Rocky Hollow Simmentals. They even have a sandwich named “The Doug,” which consists of pastrami – a DP favorite. Though the Cline family was away on vacation – DP still got his lunch for free! Thanks C.J.’s Pizza for always serving great food and a great atmosphere!

While in Wytheville, Virginia he got the opportunity to check in on Mike Walters, who is getting ready for his daughter’s wedding. And of course, The Mabe’s who were getting ready for a yard sale.

Yard Sale Time

Before heading south, he stopped in to check in on Kathy and Dean Walters of Katie’s Simmentals. She always consigns top quality genetics to the North Carolina sale, and is a dear friend. Her and Dean always take great care of their Simmentals, and have them in great shape. Not to mention, they always have great dispositions.

Katie Simmentals

There were lots of stops to make in North Carolina. Belcher Simmentals, TX Enterprises, Twin Oaks Simmentals, the Matthis family, North Carolina State University, Jeff Broadaway, and let’s not forget former Governor Jim Hunt.

Former Governor Jim Hunt is always a supporter of the North Carolina Simmental Association and the Fall Harvest Sale. While visiting his farm, a film crew was there working on a video about the former Governor that will be featured in the library in his honor at North Carolina State University. Sadly, DP didn’t get interviewed for the video. The farm he visited is the land that the Gov. Hunt grew up on. The house that he grew up still stands along with the red barn that he used to milk cows in as a young boy. DP is always a sucker for historical facts.

Gov. Hunt's childhood barn

No trip to the South for DP would be complete without a stop or two at produce stands. He brought home some cantaloupes, tomatoes, peaches, and squash. I am sure we will get more as we head to Mississippi for the Eastern Regional next week.

A big thanks to everyone for the hospitality as DP visited outstanding Simmental operations throughout Virginia and North Carolina. We look forward to working with you in the future, and make sure you look for their consignments in the Fall Harvest sale this September. For more photos from DP’s travels check them out on our facebook page – DP Sales Management

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