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Mullicans named Conservation Farmers of Year
From left, Robert and Bonnie Mullican are honored as 2017 Conservation Farmers of the Year with Mike Bouldin presenting on behalf of the Warren County Soil Conservation District.

Bonnie and Robert Mullican have been named 2017 Conservation Farmers of the Year by the Warren County Soil Conservation District.
The Mullicans have been raising cattle in Middle Tennessee for over 20 years.  They have always had an appreciation of the environment and helping conserve the resources they manage. This has been evident as they were recognized for their management by the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association for the Environmental Stewardship Award in 1998.
The Mullicans run a commercial cow/ calf operation that produces weaned and backgrounded feeder cattle sold through private treaty, local livestock auctions, and direct retail markets. Their breeding operations specialize in Brangus and Ultra-black genetics for replacement females and breeding bulls. 
They own and operate Willow Oak Beef, which sells USDA-inspected beef cuts directly to the consumer at the Warren County Farmers Market. The calves that are processed for Willow Oak Beef come from the seed stock operation where consistent genetics produce a reliable product.
The Mullicans have installed numerous conservation practices to protect water and soil resources on their farms. Most recently, they are utilizing programs in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, NRCS, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to install over 8,000 feet of fencing to protect sensitive areas, both streams and woodlands. 
In addition they installed over 7,000 feet of pipeline and three watering facilities with in-line quick connects as a clean water alternative. They also rely on frequent rotational grazing, perennial and annual grazing forages, and low-stress cattle handling to make their operation practical and profitable. 
The Mullicans also work to protect and manage the timber resources on the farms by utilizing a forester to evaluate timber production for selective harvests on a 10-15 year interval.