Maples Stock Farm is located near I-65 in Elkmont, Alabama. The farm has been in continuous operation by the same family since February 11, 1818. Five generations after the farm began, Mack Maples brought Angus cattle to the farm. Mack noticed black cattle on a farm during a cattle drive. The owner of the farm was a Scotsman and introduced Mack to Angus cattle, a breed native to his original home in Scotland.
Mack bought four heifers that day for $50 each. The next year he returned for six more heifers. He selected a good, young bull from the Ames Plantation herd, Flying Horse Elmour 13, for his first registered Angus bull. Eleven years later, his son, Billy began laying the foundation for the next generation of the herd. His Angus steer was selected Grand Champion at the Birmingham State Steer Show at the 1948 Alabama State Fair and sold for $4,000. That money was invested in 8 Angus heifers, his foundation herd.
"We work for the Southeastern cattleman, for commercial and seedstock farms."
The Southern cattleman knows the Southeastern environment is different from the Southwest, and he knows he needs cattle that are best suited for our hot, humid atmosphere. Cattle that perform well in other climates can't be expected to be as successful in the Southeastern climate. Maples Stock Farm cattle are well adapted to this environment. Our cattle thrive here.
We use the best tools available to us to improve our herd, to ensure that our cattle are a good fit in a high quality beef production program. Our cattle are balanced. Economic traits like low birth weight and high weaning weight are important to us, just like they are to you. Angus are renowned for maternal traits, and ours are no exception. We utilize the latest in genomic techonolgy to ensure our EPDs are as accurate as possible.
Mack raised his family on the farm. Billy returned to the farm after his service in the military and after he earned a degree from Auburn University. Billy and his wife, Nancy Jo, raised their 3 children on the farm. Tommy, their youngest, studied animal science at Western Kentucky and then Auburn. He and his wife, Melanie moved back to the farm where they raised their 4 children. All four of the children still play a role in the farm. The oldest, Ben, earned a degree from Western Kentucky. After college, he returned home to farm and to teach agriculture at the local high school. He and his wife, Heather, are raising their family on the farm in the house Mack built.