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Joey Osborne, 36, of Morehead, looks over the field of soybeans that is ready for harvest. Joey is a man with a big heart and a whole lot of land. He continues the family tradition working the land, growing cash crops and raising cattle. "I just love to do it," Joey says. "I love to watch the crops grow and I love watching my calves grow. I've never missed a year of farming."

It’s an Osborne thing

story by Tyger Williams

Joey Osborne only strays far from the land his family has lived on for a century when he drives a semi-truck for the family trucking company. But ever since his dad had a heart attack 12 years ago, he mostly helps run the farm.

"When you been born and raised somewhere, it's home to you," Joey says.

He, his uncle, Ricky, and his dad, David, spend their time fixing trucks and, in October, when the soybeans are up to his hip, harvesting. He's followed in their footsteps all his life.

When he was young, he'd wander the farm, always wanting to be where everyone was working. As he got older, he couldn't stand being in school, only wanting to get out on the farm.

"Hell, I guess it's kind of an Osborne thing," Ricky says. "It's in the blood: You gotta be out there hands on."


Occasionally, Josh Taulbee, 12, Joey's step-son, helps around the farm by checking on and feeding cattle.


While his uncle, Ricky Osborne, 56, and dad, David Osborne, 59, look over the engine of a 1988 Ford semi-truck, Joey calls in search of a wheel stud for the truck. Joey bought the semi-truck for his trucking business and have been working on it for more than two weeks.


Joey, from left, and his cousin Eric Winkleman, 38, change the wheels and tires of an old 1988 Ford semi-truck. Even though farming is a big part in the Osborne family, trucking has shared a part in Joey's life. In addition to farming, Joey's dad travels the states tas part of the trucking business. "Dad's side wasnt as big in farming and that's when trucking came along," Joey says.


Joey and his wife, Stephanie, 34, make their way toward hay bales to feed the eight cattle down the road from his dad's home. Joey raises 53 cattle with the remaining 45 in Fleming County. As the two approach the gate to the fenced land, the cattle walk toward them, anticipating food.


Joey started out like every child growing up in a farming family, helping around the farm. He hated to be in school as a young teenager. Being around where everyone was working was always on his mind.


Ricky Osborne, 56, of Morehead, releases leftover grain from the combine. Ricky is Joey's uncle, and is one of the biggest influences to Joey's life. "He was always interested in the equipment and always liked to be out doing something," Ricky says. "If you went somewhere, he wanted to be with his dad, me or his papaw."


Joey Osborne, 36, of Morehead, checks on one of his plots of corn and shucks two cobs to bring back to his dad to check the moisture of the crop. Many of the corn grown throughout their acres of land consist of corn used to feed the cattle.


Field corn starts out dry while it is still on the ears. David uses a grain moisture tester to check how much mositure is in their crop of field corn.


Joey sits back in his home after a long day of work. He spends so much time out on the farm that he feels as if he's never home.

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