Evans Mill Cattle Company at Windy Hill Farm is part of the Bluegrass’s rare natural occurring woodland pastures geographic region. Created by a combination of drought and grazing by American bison sometime before the permanent settlement of the region, woodland pastures remain a valuable feature of our ecosystem today.
When farmers began moving in to the Bluegrass, the woodland pastures provided instant grazing land for livestock. Cattle and sheep came first, and the horse industry began to develop in the early 1800s. The farmers had no need to clear the land because it was already open enough for grazing, the shade provided by the huge trees benefited the livestock and preserved the habitat for indigenous wildlife.
E. Lucy Braun, the renowned botanist who wrote Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, described the woodland pastures of the Bluegrass as “most anomalous vegetation area of the eastern United States”. There exists no habitat like this anywhere else in North America.
Our goal at Evans Mill Cattle Company is to raise top quality cattle, while protecting the natural balance of grasslands and wildlife. Our cattle rotate among 90 acres of pastures. The lake and three natural streams on the property are protected from contamination.
An additional element in maintaining the balance between raising livestock and conserving wildlife is managing predators. Coyotes have traditionally presented a problem to farmers. Recently, black vultures, a federally protected bird, rapidly growing in numbers, have become a more dangerous problem. To protect our new calves from these vicious predators, we have begun breeding Sivas Kangal guardian dogs. To learn more about them, please visit our Livestock Guardian Dogs page.
Evans Mill Cattle Company is owned and managed by Marc A. Guilfoil and Elisabeth Jensen. Marc is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and a lifelong cattleman from Glasgow, Kentucky. Elisabeth Jensen is the President and Executive Director of the Race for Education, an organization that provides scholarships and educational opportunities for young people in the Equine and Agricultural Industries and serves on the Fayette County Greenspace Commission and is on the Board of Directors of the Kangal Dog Club of America.