Success Stories


Ronnie Nuckols, Overhome Farm



New to raising cattle, Ronnie Nuckols needed to manage his herd while protecting his land.



Improve fencing, add alternative livestock watering sources, and designate wooded buffer zones.

Being a good steward of the land benefits all of its inhabitants. Goochland County cattle farmer Ronnie Nuckols has learned that protecting streams and limiting access has long-term payoffs.

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“The first year I just tried to survive. But I started to ask myself, how can I turn this around so that I’m managing the cattle and they’re not managing me?” ~ Ronnie Nuckols

When Ronnie and Cheryl Nuckols got the cattle out of the streams on Overhome Farm, they were able to enjoy them.

Nuckols has 16 permanent pastures on the property. His cattle get a balanced diet by dividing their time among them.

About the Project

Location: Goochland County, Virginia

Year Installed: 2010 and ongoing

Land Type: Agricultural

Acres of Forest Buffer: About 50

Key Partners: Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service

Open-Space Easement: Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Improvements: Fencing, alternative livestock watering sources, designated wooded buffer zones, open-space easement