Lydia Yon, along with her husband Kevin, operates Yon Family Farms, a family-owned business, in Ridge Spring, SC. Both Yons are graduates of Clemson University with degrees in Animal Science.
Beginning in 1989, the Yons managed an Angus operation for seven years before starting their own farm in 1996. Yon Family Farms is a first generation family farm which was started from scratch. It has evolved into a large purebred cattle operation with over 1000 brood cows, which are primarily Angus. The farm hosts two sales each year in Ridge Spring and markets about 450 bulls and 200 females annually.The Yons also retain ownership on commercial steers each year and the cattle are sold on a value-based grid. Their operation is forage-based and focuses on producing cattle for their customer base, which is primarily, progressive commercial cattlemen.
The Yons also purchased a pecan orchard and retail store in 2016. The retail store, The Nut House, is an outlet where they sell both pecans, pecan candies, and beef raised on their farm.
In 2009, the farm received the National Environmental Stewardship Award at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention. Both Yons are alumni of the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s conference and have served in leadership positions at the local and state level in the cattle industry. Lydia has previously served on the SC Farm Bureau National Legislative Committee and as a director for Ag South Farm Credit.
The Yons have three (young adult) children- Sally, Drake, and Corbin who are all Clemson graduates and have all recently returned to the family farm.