Mike and Jo started their Angus herd in 2002. Prior to that they raised crossbred cattle and decided that they could raise purebred cattle just as easily and increase profits. They chose Angus cattle due to the profitability and popularity of the breed. They always have about 150+ head cattle. The farm also consists of dorper sheep, berkshire pigs, and heritage bred chickens.
Their farm consists of 400+ acres. On the farm they practice soil and water conservation, by rotating their pastures, using no till practices and fencing off creeks and ponds to keep the cattle out. Three wells have been dug specifically to provide drinking water and automatic no-freeze drinkers have been installed in all paddocks. They also have fenced in heavy use areas and walkways. LinCrest is a century Farm which is currently being registered with the State of North Carolina.
The LinCrest name and logo has a story stemming from a rich farming heritage and love of the land. Mike and Jo have acquired many acres to their farm over the years by purchasing land that adjoined , the Jim and Doris Reavis Farm (Jo’s Parents). The farm at one time was a dairy farm that was started by Jo’s father in 1947. Jo’s mother saw the love Mike and Jo had taken in their own property and decided that rather than selling the Reavis family farm upon retirement she would divide the land among the children allowing Mike and Jo to enlarge the operation and return the original Reavis farm to a fully operational for profit farm. Mike wanted a logo that represented quality and that told a silent story of that heritage. The crest that is used for the logo is a combination of the Linville and Reavis Crests that uniquely combine Mike’s and Jo’s love for the land and the rich farming heritage of the Reavis family, hence the LinCrest Farms.