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About Us

Knoll Crest Farm was established in 1929 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Bennett as a tobacco and commercial cattle farm. The original home place consisted of 290 acres, and was where their son James was raised. In 1950, at the age of 17, James attended Virginia Tech as a freshman, but returned home shortly thereafter to manage the farm after his father suffered heart problems.

Standing (L to R): Paul, Jim, Brian, Cara, Dalton, Hunter, Tracy, Scott, Annette, Lowrey, Beth, Jon and Melissa. Sitting (L to R): Audrey, Olivia, Barbara, James, Leighanne, Hannah, Bennett, Meredith and Sarah.
In 1944, Paul D. and James purchased their first registered Polled Hereford heifer. In October of 1957 he and Barbara were married. Together they raised five children, Beth, Paul, Jim, Brian and Jonathan. With interest from Paul, Jim and Brian to return to the farm, it was necessary that Knoll Crest diversify and expand to accommodate this change. In 1981, Knoll Crest brought the first purebred Gelbvieh cattle to Virginia. In 1990, Angus were introduced. These three breeds have provided the foundation for success at Knoll Crest Farm.

Today, Knoll Crest consists of a base cow herd of 800 females. With a focus on producing bulls that work for the commercial cattleman, as well as perform in the purebred arena, we strive to increase the bottom-line for our bull customers. Knoll Crest was named the Beef Improvement Federation's Seedstock Producer of the Year in 1978 and 1998. We believe that pairing superior genetics with industry-leading customer service sets us apart.

"Family and friends join James at the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
James Bennett is a charter member of the Virginia Polled Hereford Association, and served as the President of the Beef Improvement Federation in 1972. He was the Chairman of the Board for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services throughout the mid-80’s while also serving as a member of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Tech. He has served on the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, and has worked in both Croatia and Liberia helping establish cattle herds on two separate mission trips. Most recently in 2012, he was inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame.

Today, Knoll Crest is operated by Paul, Brian and Jim Bennett. Paul currently sits on the Southside Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, the Virginia Angus Association Board of Directors and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium Advisory Board. He has served as the past president of the Beef Improvement Federation, the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Paul is a deacon at Union Hill Baptist Church. Jim has served as the past Vice President of the Campbell County Cattlemen’s Association and is a deacon at Providence Baptist Church. Brian is the current Campbell County Farm Bureau president and is a member of Gideons International as well as a deacon at Providence Baptist Church.

Brian enjoys restoring antique Allis Chalmers tractors, and has well over a dozen in his collection.
Dalton Bennett graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2013 in Crop and Soil Sciences. He was a member of the Crop Judging Team for two years and held leadership positions within the Agronomy Club at Virginia Tech. Dalton graduated from the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in 2010, and helps sell and manage various cattle sales across the state as well as both our annual Bull Sales. Dalton currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Angus Association, as well as the Campbell County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Dalton also enjoys managing a small flock of registered Suffolk sheep.

Dalton auctioneering at our December 2012 bull sale.
Scott Bennett graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2012 in Agricultural Economics, is a founding member of the Virginia Tech Beef Leadership Council and served as the 2010 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Estate Tax spokesperson. In 2011 Scott graduated from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He also assisted the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association in developing their 2013 legislative priorities. Scott currently lives in Washington, D.C. where he is the Government Affairs Associate for the Keys Group, a lobbying firm that represents many meat-packing and animal health entities on Capitol Hill. Scott also works with Cotton & Associates, managing purebred Angus sales across the country