The Gene and Ruby Davidson family is this year's Newton County's Farm Family of the Year. They were also judged to be the Northwest District winner in the statewide contest. The Dvidsons, are, from left, back row, Sam, Maggie, Gene, Ruby, Kara and Dusty; front row, Drake, Kate, Tinley, Oaklee and Jack.

Gene and Ruby Davidson pose in front of their garden spot at their home. Gene and Ruby married in 1980 and began farming after Gene had been logging for many years.

Gene Davidson shows his herd of mixed breed cattle. There are 180 mama cows, 10 bulls and, depending on time of year, 100 or more calves. The longhorns are heritage cattle.

Kate and Oaklee share a ride on their horse, Cheeto, while visiting at their grandparents' house.

Loading hay is the order of the day during summer.The Davidson farm has a total of 1,116 acres producing mixed grasses. About 150 acres are dedicated for cutting. They yield about 1,050 bales each season.

The Davidson family prizes their farm equipment for harvesting hay and controlling weeds in pastures.

The Davidsons' poultry operation began in 2005. Today it includes a brooding barn and two grow out houses for light hens.

Sam, Gene and Dusty, along with Drake and Jack, head up the family's timber operation.

Jeff Dezort, Newton County Times editor, has worked at the newspaper since 2001. Before that he was a reporter, photographer and assistant editor of the Harrison Daily Times.

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