7L Farms & Land Co.
|Since their beginnings in 2001, Jimmy and Lucy Levens along with their five children have built 7L Farms into one of the highest reputation cattle sources in the Southeast. Their focus centers around producing seedstock cattle that thrive in the unique and challenging environment associated with the gulf coast and Florida.
The operation itself is located just 40 miles north of Gulf Port near Wiggins, Mississippi. The farm consists of more than 3000 acres of forage and supports in excess of 1000 head of cattle inventory. Whether you’re searching for one bull or a trailer load, the numbers, breeding philosophy, and attention to detail make 7L a great source for commercially focused genetics.
When asked how the operation started, Mr. Levens explains, “We started out by sourcing some of the highest value Angus genetics we could find from all over the US then brought them to Mississippi to begin something special. We then let the environment sort the cattle and bloodlines that withstood our climate and made a profit for our commercial customers.”
Ken and Jenny Stewart and their children also call the ranch home. As general manager, Ken oversees the day to day operations. Ken brings years of experience in the seedstock business along with a commercial cow management background from his tenure of running cows in south Florida. “I have worked hard to build a background in genetics with an understanding of the issues that affect commercial cattlemen, our customers,” adds Ken. “Cattle in the south need to survive and reproduce first and then deliver the kind of genetic improvement the industry needs to move forward. Our program is designed to offer both.”
7L Farms began, and continues to be, a predominately purebred Angus outfitter, which includes some of the most valueable Angus sires and donors available to the breed. Popular Angus sires like Connealy Forward and Stevenson Cattleman are among bulls owned and promoted by the Levens family. Since the arrival of Ken and his family, the genetic offering has expanded to include SimAngus bulls combining high value Angus genetics with the very best the Simmental breed has to offer.
“Our Angus offerings are well accepted by our customers and we will continue to produce Angus bulls in significant numbers; but commercial cattlemen need to take advantage of heterosis to be successful, especially in our environmental conditions. Our typical customer runs crossbred cows because they work. By offering SimAngus bulls in addition to our Angus line up, we simply provide options that make retaining heterosis that much easier,” summarizes Ken.
The Levens and Stewarts also realize how important it is to know firsthand how the genetics they offer perform in the larger beef business, not just the ranch. For that reason, 7L Farms retains ownership on a percentage of their own cattle and as well as purchase and feed customer cattle too. This level of customer service and confidence is just another reason to consider 7L as a source for your next set of commercial bulls. In addition, 7L is enrolled in the National Voluntary Bovine Johnes Disease Control Program and tests annually for BVD PI, Tuberculosis and Bovine Leukosis to offer maximum assurance in herd health
7L Farms currently holds production sales twice annually, one in March and the other in late November to service both their spring and fall calving customers. They also often sell large numbers of females, both registered and commercial in addition to their commercially focused bull offering.
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Jimmy & Lucy Levens
|Manager(s):||Ken & Jenny Stewart|
|Address:||853 Oil Well Road
Wiggins, MS 39577
|Upcoming Sale(s):||7L Farms Fall Production Sale November 26, 2011, at the farm; Wiggins, MS
7L Farms Spring Production Sale March 17, 2012, at the farm; Wiggins, MS