Addison Hooks was born into cattle farming as he is a part of a centennial farm that started in the 1920s in Emanuel County.
“My grandfather, Gerald Hooks, was the man who began to focus on the cattle. He, with my great-uncle, Donald Hooks, started Semiema Farms, a purebred angus operation. They grew to be around 800-900 brood momma cows. This was one of the many businesses that they had involved with agriculture. From then on, we have been here with cattle on this current land,” said Hooks.
Now, Hooks runs cattle on 1,600 acres while providing and growing their own feed to grow the best cattle that Emanuel County has to offer. He could not have become successful without the help of his father, Robert Evans Hooks, who inspired him to raise cattle. “I simply followed the family tradition,” added Hooks.
He currently employs four full-time employees to help him on the farm, along with several part-timers. He also generously allows college students from local institutions to receive internship credit under Semiema Farms. That might seem like a lot of help, but there is constantly work to be completed on the farm. “The work here is never done,” said Hooks.
Semiema Farms offers Emanuel County residents the great option of buying and consuming local beef by their local storefront. The store is open by appointment only at 79 GA Highway East, Swainsboro.
“We are fully stocked with our Emanuel County grown beef. At this time, all of the meat is frozen to naturally preserve. We vacuum seal all of our meat to retain the freshness. If it is thawed to room temp, the meat tastes just as if it were put up,” added Hooks.
The advantage of buying local is clear. “It is a quality grown product. I sort through the animals to decide which are ready for processing. The beef speaks for itself. We try to shoot for an upper-choice, quality grade product, which is well above the USDA standard.”
Hooks encourages the Emanuel County community to do more business with local farmers. “People have gotten into a routine of buying and doing what is more inexpensive and convenient, by spending local dollar in the community and doing business with local farmers you give back more than people realize.”