Michigan-based Omega Farms relocating to Senoia
by Clay Neely
Omega Farms, a nationally recognized and well-known Michigan-based Angus cattle operation, will be leaving their area after more than 60 years and will be moving to Coweta County near Senoia in June.
Omega owner Clifford Simmons II said the relocating process was extensive, but they ultimately found Senoia to be the right fit for his company. “We didn’t know anything about the surrounding area beforehand,” he said. “We were really happy to see how great the area and countryside are.”
Simmons said the decision to make the move to the Senoia area was based primarily on the sense of community the region offers.
After scouting multiple locations from around the country, he was sold on the area upon his visit. “The area itself is beautiful and there is such a vibrancy in the economy,” he said. “Those in charge of the development have done an excellent job in guiding the area.”
Simmons plans to buy a 200-acre tract of land and home and the move is slated for June. “Our roots have been up here since we started,” he said. “But we feel that the relocation will help ensure that we can continue our success.”
Simmons feels that the Southeast is quickly becoming a major player in cattle industry and that many similar cattle companies are doing the same thing. “With the price of corn and soybeans going so high, the land has gotten expensive to graze cattle,” he said. “Smaller operations couldn’t make it, so they either leased out their land or began crop farming.”
However, what makes Omega Farms unique is that its business model is not centered around the slaughter of cattle, but for breeding – selling its genetics around the world.
Simmons is optimistic about the relocation and feels that it will be a smooth transition down South.
“We have some of the best cattle in the country,” he said. “Our company maintains a high caliber of respect within the industry so we feel that it will be to our advantage.”