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Cobb Creek Farm
316 HCR 3123 W
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Contact: Grady Phelan
Last Updated: 06-29-2016
General Description: Cobb Creek Farm is Owned by Cody Smith. In 2012, Cody began to build a team that could revolutionize the pasture based livestock industry. He first brought in Ian Gerrish (Son of grazing Guru Jim Gerrish) to manage the cattle and operate an electric and permanent fencing company. Cody then brought in Grady Phelan to jump start Pasture Poultry and Direct Marketing. Cobb Creek Farm currently custom grazes cattle and our poultry operation is currently raising 900 pastured Cornish Cross birds per week. We also operate a state inspected poultry processing facility, one of only two small scale facilities in the state or Texas. In a effort to extend our sustainability efforts, we have a breeding flock of Delaware chickens. Our goal with the breeding flock is to breed a better chicken for use on pasture systems. Our Apprentice will work closely with Grady and Bryce Toole (Poultry Production Manager) in all areas of the farm as we mold him into a farming machine. Farming and Education are very important to Grady, Ian, and Cody and we hope to catapult many young farmers with our one-of-a-kind apprenticeship program. If you think you have what it takes, gives us a call and come for a visit! Our official start date is March 1st, 2015, but we will consider an earlier starting date if we find the right person.
Number of Interns: 2
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 - 12 Months
Meals: We provide funds for food but you are responsible for getting and cooking your own Breakfast and Lunch. You will dine 5 nights a week with the Phelan Family. We will also provide all the chicken you can eat! On occasion, we will have beef or pork for staff consumption.
Skills Desired: No Experience necessary.
Ability/Eagerness to work long hard hours required.
Clean driving record required.
Educational Opportunities: Main Learning Areas:
Raising Broilers 52 Weeks a Year
Managing a Production Crew
Slaughtering Broilers under State Inspection Facility
Managing a Slaughtering Crew
Direct-Marketing Farm Products
Marketing Commodity Products
Caring for Laying Hens
Incubation and Hatching
Caring for Cattle
Fence and Water Pipeline Design and Installation
Other Learning Opportunities:
Web Site Developing
Stipend: Starting at $300/month
Housing: Accommodations consist of a simple room that includes a kitchen, and bunk-style sleeping quarters. Adjacent to the quarters is a full bath with plenty of hot water to wash off the filth of a hard days work. Our apprentice accommodations do not include phone, although the office and the Phelan's home have high speed wireless internet that can be accessed on a regular basis.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email or Phone
Internship Details: Our apprentice programs accepts applications year around and we fill openings as they arise. It is our goal to keep two male interns on farm at all times. We don't yet have housing for female interns, but as soon as we do we will take on female interns as well.
Our Farm Manager, Grady Phelan, was very blessed to work for Polyface and the team members surrounding him were of the highest caliber. With that in mind we are seeking the same type of person that would apply for a position at Polyface. Below you will find that what we are looking for is almost word for word what Polyface is looking for and is offering as an Apprenticeship. No need for us to reinvent the wheel!
We are seeking a bright eyed, bushy-tailed, self-starter, eager-beaver, situationally aware, go-get-‘em, teachable, positive, non-complaining, grateful, rejoicing, get’er done, dependable, faithful, perseverant, take-responsibility, professional characters.
We require at least a 2 day checkout prior to acceptance. You are responsible for travel expenses during your checkout, but we will put you up and feed you during your stay. Get here any way you can! Our choice will be made based on performance, attitude and in Cobb Creek Farm's best interest.
There may potential to stay on longer as our farmhand needs will allow. Room and some board provided during apprenticeship. Breakfast and lunch will be cooked on your own, but weekday evening meals will be with the Phelan Family.
Must be at least 18 years of age at start of internship. We work 7 days per week. Saturdays and Sundays are usually chores only but Saturdays can become project days. We expect you to join in and work when we work, sometimes day and night. Raising livestock is a self-less occupation and we expect you to care for the animals first and put all non-essential activities on hold if the livestock need your care. Family first, followed by livestock care. Most of the time you will work alongside Grady and Bryce, but as you gain experience and ability, we will turn you lose on projects and animal care. Keep in mind, we won't ever have you do something we wouldn't do ourselves. Farming is full of diverse, hard, yet very rewarding work.
Like any experience, you will get out of it what you put into it. We have attainable benchmarks, but they require effort and sweat. Physically, you'll be amazed by how magnificently your physique will react to hard work on the farm. Emotionally, you will know what you did today, why it was important, and feel great about it. Some days will be tough, tougher than anything you have ever experienced, but after its all said an done, you'll be surprised how long you will smile about your time at Cobb Creek Farm.