Stu Ellis With WCIA 3 Reporting On Harvest Heritage Farrell Farms
When some of the wealthy and politically powerful in China want to populate their vast farms with horses and other livestock, they frequently ask for help from someone whose family was involved with the Busch Family’s Clydesdale Horses. Stu Ellis has this Harvest Heritage Report…
When Anheuser Busch wanted to develop the iconic Clydesdale hitch, they called Barry Farrell of Farrell Farms at rural Lovington.
At the end of the year they asked him to become manager of the operation and he stayed for 30 years before he returned to the farm.
Later, son Phil joined the operation—but soon became known as someone who could help get horses and livestock through import and export channels around the world.
At Budweiser they were importing and exporting horses. They were short of help, and asked me to get the horses here, get them through quarantine and all. I became familiar with USDA, the protocols, and systems and all that needed to be in place. Other people knew that we had done that and called to see if I could help the import horses mostly back in the 70’s. The last 15 years it has really expanded to where we see charter loads of horses, which is 75 to 80 head on a plane. We’ve dealt with a couple of the higher level politicians, who also own vast land, large dairies, large horse operations there. It has been quite interesting when I have delivered horses, I have gone back over to help teach them how to ride, drive, and care for their horses.
Phil’s wife Carla takes care of all the paperwork.
I think in some ways he is a goodwill ambassador, too, as well. I definitely feel that he has created a lot of friends in the other countries and they keep in touch. And I think that is a definite plus.
Our family moved here to Illinois and purchased the farm that we are on in 1850. And since that time there has always been continuous horses and cattle and we think that will continue on in the next couple generations yet at least.
That is our Harvest Heritage report for today. I’m Stu Ellis with WCIA 3—Your News Leader.
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