Bobcat Farms began in 1993 with the construction of a sow farm for pork production, raising weaned pigs.

Over time, the business grew with a second sow farm and a swine finishing operation. Situated on 500 acres in Clinton, N.C., Henry and Tracy Moore began diversifying the farm nearly 10 years ago by adding beef cattle and crop land for corn and forage.

Though they initially sold their Black Angus cattle at livestock auctions, they began direct marketing their beef in 2007. Having enjoyed some success with minimal advertising, the Moore’s plan to expand their beef business to provide further financial diversity and security for the farm.

Bobcat Farms received one of nine North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) awards. This will help reduce the costs of applying for a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG). The federal grant provides its recipients with supplemental funding for business growth and development.

NCVACS is administered by N.C. MarketReady, a program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. Funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, the cost share program was launched in 2009 to encourage more North Carolina producers to apply for federal funding and to generate more competitive applications.