Along the beautiful Flat Rock River, near Waldron, Indiana, lives a 7th generation farm girl, Ava Doig. She is also a 4th generation cattlewoman. Her great grandparents, Garnett and Gene Jones, received two horned Hereford cows for a wedding present 70 years ago, and introduced these docile, adaptable cattle to River Bend’s rolling pastures.
Ava’s grandmother, Leslie Doig, began showing cattle 50 years ago. Her father, Bill G., has served as a Junior Director for the National Hereford Youth, and has showed on the national and international level for 25 years. Ava’s grandfather, “Doc”, has a veterinary practice in Waldron. He loves to travel to the shows and can usually be found helping in the wash rack or leading one into the show ring. Her mother, Joni, a graduate of the Ohio State University, grew up near Rushville, Indiana. Coincidentally, the Flat Rock River flows near her home farm as well. She is an avid cattlewoman and has taken on the marketing and advertising duties at River Bend.
Leslie keeps the farm running by keeping everyone organized, the stalls cleaned and being “Grandma” to Ava. She and Ava spend quality time roaming the pastures and checking cows together.
An Animal Science major and member of the Purdue University livestock judging team, Bill got his MS in Ruminant Nutrition at the University of Kentucky. While there, he coached the UK livestock judging team. He judges across the United States and in Canada. Bill serves as president for the local beef cattle association, and has served as a director for the Indiana Hereford Association. Bill stays busy during the summer judging several open and 4-H shows.
It is the mission of all of us at River Bend Farms to have a family operation that provides life experiences and quality time, while promoting high quality Hereford cattle. We want to share and teach others about livestock, and have hosted local 4-Hers for fitting, showmanship, and nutrition clinics.
Each summer you can find us on the road headed to Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky State fairs. Ava will be looking for you to stop by the stalls for a visit!