Printer Friendly
The Free Library
22,725,466 articles and books

Truman Tipton: veterinarian turns around farm operations.

After 25 years in private practice as a veterinarian veterinarian /vet·er·i·nar·i·an/ (vet?er-i-nar´e-an) a person trained and authorized to practice veterinary medicine and surgery; a doctor of veterinary medicine.

, Truman Tipton unexpectedly ended up in corrections. Upon learning that the state of Kentucky decided to widen the highway outside of his clinic, Tipton was approached by a friend from the Kentucky Department of Corrections who urged him to apply for a branch manager of farm operations position with the department. "Corrections was completely foreign to me," Tipton said.

Tipton has now been the branch manager of farm operations/veterinarian for three years, each of which has been challenging. Last year, farm operations were transferred from Adult Institutions to Kentucky Correctional Industries because farm operations are revenue producing. "Dr. Tipton has adapted to a completely new working environment and continues to expertly manage the daily operations of four farms," said J. David Donahue, deputy commissioner for the DOC.

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Tipton, the backbone of all four operations is cattle. At the two larger farms there are between 750 and 800 commercial cattle and 100 true-bred Angus cattle Angus cattle (ăng`gəs), breed of black polled (hornless) beef cattle, originated in Scotland and introduced in 1873 to the United States, where they have become well established.  at the two smaller farms.

Prior to 2002, a hog operation was used on the farms to get rid of waste from the mess halls. That year, laws were passed prohibiting that practice. So, Tipton initiated four composting operations that handle the liquid waste from 10 state kitchens, thereby reducing institutional costs. One of the farms has instituted a land farming program, which helps return sewage waste to the soil.

Tipton oversees the four farm operations, everything from equipment to crops, livestock and the staff. Depending on the season, the farms employ in excess of 100 people. "Sometimes I'm at all four farms in a week's time. Some weeks require me to be on one farm three or four days in a row. I usually spend more time on the farms than I do in the office," Tipton said. Three of the farms are within an hour's drive from his office in Frankfort and the other one is about three and a half hours away. Tipton gives much credit for farm operations success to others. "We have a really good staff and they do a great job."

Tipton continually finds innovative ways to increase the use of the farms and boost revenue. According to Donahue, much improvement has been made in the department's registered Angus herd and the use of artificial insemination artificial insemination, technique involving the artificial injection of sperm-containing semen from a male into a female to cause pregnancy. Artificial insemination is often used in animals to multiply the possible offspring of a prized animal and for the breeding  has increased, resulting in better bloodlines. This has led to excellent sale prices at the DOC's spring and fall bull sales.

According to Donahue, Tipton has used his experience and contacts to forge relationships with state universities and agencies. "This has increased the products the farms can offer, plus it allows for greater utilization of the farms' acreage," Donahue said. After losing some revenue from swine swine, name for any of the cloven-hoofed mammals of the family Suidae, native to the Old World. A swine has a rather long, mobile snout, a heavy, relatively short-legged body, a thick, bristly hide, and a small tail. , Tipton began looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 something else to take its place. He noted that there have been several feasability studies on alternative farm practices to replace the tobacco crops in Kentucky. The one that caught his attention is aquiculture, and coincidentally co·in·ci·den·tal  
1. Occurring as or resulting from coincidence.

2. Happening or existing at the same time.

, Kentucky State University Kentucky State University (KSU, or less commonly, KYSU, to differentiate from Kansas State University) is a four-year institution of higher learning, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, the Commonwealth's capital.  in Frankfort conducts the majority of this research. "They have bent over backwards to work with us and help us," Tipton said. So, the department dug two ponds at one of the farms last year and stocked them both with shrimp and tilapia tilapia (təlä`pēə) or St. Peter's fish, a spiny-finned freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae, native chiefly to Africa and the Middle East. . "We did real well with it, and we intend to repeat that again this year and hopefully to expand that in the future a little bit."

Tipton and his staff have begun working with Murray State University Publications
Its student newspaper, The Murray State News, has been awarded two Pacemaker awards in the last decade, the highest award given to collegiate newspapers; in addition, the school yearbook, The Shield,
 to conduct experiments with feed and grass trials. Additionally, MSU MSU Michigan State University
MSU Mississippi State University
MSU Montana State University
MSU Minnesota State University
MSU Morehead State University (Kentycky)
MSU Montclair State University
 and the DOC will collaborate through the use of the university bulls for artificial insemination and the department's calves calves 1  
Plural of calf1.


the plural of calf
 as recipients of the university's embryos.

Under Tipton's leadership, Kentucky Correctional Industries Farms has partnered with the forestry service to raise Christmas trees Christmas tree

Evergreen tree, usually decorated with lights and ornaments, to celebrate the Christmas season. The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands as symbols of eternal life was common among the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews.
. Through this seven-year program, they will be planting two acres of trees each year for seven years and harvesting them in the seventh year and replacing one each year. The first trees were planted in the spring. Tipton is also exploring the possibility of collaborating with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's research department in animal management and crop disease studies. All of these endeavors have provided more inmate INMATE. One who dwells in a part of another's house, the latter dwelling, at the same time, in the said house. Kitch. 45, b; Com. Dig. Justices of the Peace, B 85; 1 B. & Cr. 578; 8 E. C. L. R. 153; 2 Dowl. & Ry. 743; 8 B. & Cr. 71; 15 E. C. L. R. 154; 2 Man. & Ry. 227; 9 B. & Cr.  jobs and increased revenue. "Dr. Tipton's innovation has literally taken the farm program from a passive operation to an aggressive partner in the state agriculture environment," Donahue said.


Tipton truly enjoys what he does. "I like the people, I like the excitement of something different each and every day," he said. "We have over 5,500 acres under our watch so there's something going on at all times. Few weeks pass without some excitement. Some problems are bigger than others and it's fun trying to solve them."

Like many others in corrections, Tipton says one of the biggest hurdles he faces is limited funding. "That's not only the farm's biggest challenge but probably the department as a whole." Clearly, though, Tipton does not let that stop him. And after three years, he has found a home in corrections. "This is not where I thought I would end up but it's been a great experience and a lot of fun."

Susan L. Clayton is managing editor of Corrections Today.
COPYRIGHT 2005 American Correctional Association, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2005 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion




Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Kentucky Department of Corrections
Author:Clayton, Susan L.
Publication:Corrections Today
Geographic Code:1U6KY
Date:Jun 1, 2005
Previous Article:Diane Sabatka-Rine: maintaining momentum and striving for excellence.
Next Article:List of submissions.

Related Articles
Finding cost savings in linking design to operations.
Deputy Warden II and III.
The benefits of certification.
Grand Prize Giveaway Game.
Cygnus Farm Shows.
The Kentucky DOC stands out among others.
Highlights from the 136th Congress of Correction.
Counting the Webster streets that aren't there.
Tampa Florida conference awards.
Merging research and correctional practice.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters